India annexed IIOJK due to PM Imran’s flawed foreign policy, claims Maryam

Addressing election rally in AJK, PML-N vice president alleges PTI government is trying to buy votes


News Desk July 09, 2021
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addressing public gathering in AJK's Muzaffarabad. SCREENGRAB

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has fired a broadside at Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying New Delhi abrogated the special status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) due to the premier’s "flawed foreign policy".

“The PTI and [PM] Imran Khan are more dangerous than coronavirus... this virus has swallowed IIOJK,” she said while addressing a rally in Muzaffarabad on Friday ahead of elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Maryam alleged that India scrapped the special status of IIOJK with PM Imran’s consent. “How would a person who has spent his whole life playing cricket knows about the foreign policy,” she said while referring to the premier.

Maryam said due to PM Imran’s flawed foreign policy India annexed IIOJK and the prime minister was only pursuing a policy of maintaining silence on the Kashmir issue.

She said PM Imran flatly refused to take any action against India after its illegal actions in the occupied valley.

Maryam said her father and former premier Nawaz Sharif had fought the case of slain Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani at the United Nations “but a concert and dance party was organised at the foreign ministry on his death anniversary”.

Maryam said the government did not have funds to provide relief to the masses but it has resources to buy votes in AJK.

“From where this money comes from foreign funding or by selling the Kashmir cause,” she questioned.

PM Imran should remember that the loyalty of Kashmiris cannot be bought, she added.

“12 hours power load-shedding is happening across the country. The people are forced to line up like beggars to buy sugar... and the prices of essential commodities have sky-rocketed,” Maryam said.

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