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Pakistan’s Interior Minister concerned as US appears to ‘speak India’s language’

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday expressed concern over what he said was the administration of United States (US) President Donald Trump ‘speaking India’s language’, a day after a Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Trump during an official trip to the US.

In the run-up to the meeting, the US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist and slapped sanctions on him ─ a move slammed by the Foreign Office today as ‘completely unjustified’.

“It seems as though the blood of Kashmiris in not at all important to the US, and international laws relating to human rights do not apply to Kashmir,” Nisar said.

Accusing the Indian government of serious human rights violations in India-held Kashmir, and of trying to paint ‘freedom fighters as terrorists’, Nisar said that Indian acts should concern every principled nation.

The interior minister said that deliberately overlooking ‘the worst kind of state terrorism’ in IHK has not only adversely impacted the values of justice and international principles, but also laid bare the double standards of powers who claim to champion human rights and democratic values.

Nisar asserted that the Pakistani government would not compromise on the rights of Kashmiris, and that the struggle would continue until Kashmiris receive justice and their rights as defined in United Nations’ resolutions.

The interior minister said that the nation is united in sending a message of solidarity to Kashmir, and remains firmly committed to providing Kashmir diplomatic, political and moral support.


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