Modi 'virus' more dangerous than coronavirus for Kashmiri people: AJK president

Masood Khan says 570 branches of BJP, RSS in 39 countries with more than 6 million activists are promoting violence


Our Correspondent ​ May 01, 2020
Modi virus is more dangerous and disastrous than coronavirus for the people of occupied Kashmir, says AJK President Sardar Masood Khan: PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Friday said that Indian Army martyred 33 Kashmiri people and injured 150 others in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) during the month of April, while only nine Kashmiri people had lost their lives because of coronavirus during the same month.

"This suggests that Modi virus is more dangerous and disastrous than coronavirus for the people of Occupied Kashmir," he added.

President Masood said that 570 branches of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 39 countries including Muslim states with more than 6 million activists are promoting violence and hatred.

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He said that hooligans of both the fanatic groups are targeting Christians, Dalits, Sikhs and Muslims in India itself. "There is a need to keep watch on the network of both the groups abroad which provide financial resources for violent activities."

Reacting over the statement of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy regarding the resettlement of half a million pundits in IOJ&k, the AJK president said that that "we welcome the pundits who are Kashmiri subjects".

"Will Swamy talk about 200,000 Muslims of Jammu who were ruthlessly martyred by the RSS, Indian National Army and Dogra Army in November 1947," he questioned.

While describing Swamy's statement a "plethora of lies", President Masood went on to say that butchers like him cannot hide the ongoing repression, barbarity, and terrorism in Kashmir behind the pundits' issue.

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The Kashmiri Hindus, he said, were evacuated at the behest of the then puppet governor of Occupied Kashmir Jagmohan in 1989-91 under a strategy designed to give a religious colour and to malign the Kashmiris movement for the right to self-determination.

"The fact is that the Kashmir movement has nothing to do with Hindu-Muslim divide because both have been peacefully living here over the centuries. However, the BJP and the RSS have now brought both the nations eyeball-to-eyeball against each other."

The AJK president expressed concern over the statement of a British Labour party leader Keir Starmer in which he had said that "we must not allow issues of the subcontinent to divide communities in the UK, and that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India".

"Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India, but it is an international issue which is still on the agenda of the UN Security Council," President Masoos said, adding that Britain owes dual responsibility because this issue had erupted during the English government in the subcontinent, and at the same time, it is on the Security Council agenda, and being a permanent member of the Security Council, it is the moral and legal responsibility of Britain to play its role in the peaceful resolution of the issue.

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