New wave of fascism rising in BJP-led India: AJK president

AJK president categorically rejects British Labour Party leader Starmer’s argument that Kashmir is a bilateral issue


​ Our Correspondent May 05, 2020
PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, replying to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's accusation at the Non-Aligned Movement moot that “some countries are spreading other deadly viruses such as terrorism, fake news and doctored videos”, said that these allegations are what Modi and the RSS specialise in.

He added that “no one would dare poach on your [Modi-RSS] territory”.

While commenting on the recent remarks of Modi through numerous tweets from his official Twitter handle, the AJK president said that the current fascist regime can come to an end if a truly democratic force rises in India.

He further said that rising fascism in a the garb projected by the current BJP-RSS government must be stopped in its tracks.

President Masood Khan in another tweet, while responding to India’s strong protest with Pakistan over moves to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, said “India should vacate Occupied Jammu and Kashmir without caveats and qualifications. The people and the land are not part of the Indian Federation. End the occupation forthwith”.

He added that as an occupier, India has occupied an internationally recognised disputed territory and has illegally called it an “integral part” of the Indian Union.

The president also in a tweet categorically rejected British Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer’s argument that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.

While referring to a Kashmir conference held last year in the House of Commons, hosted by Conservative MP Paul Bristow, said that the conference was attended by 50 MPs and peers, majority Conservatives, followed by Labour, Lib-Dems and S&P.

“Kashmir is a cross-party issue (in the UK)”, he added.

Masood Khan also extended his felicitations to Associated Press’s (AP) photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand who have been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for extraordinary photojournalism of the crisis and military lockdown in IOJK.

“Bravo! … they put their lives at risk to cover brutal lockdown in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir."

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