Is Narendra Modi from Pakistan
Premier Khan: "Until the last breath"
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan led a rally outside his official residence in Islamabad and delivered a speech calling on the international community to urge India to lift exit and internet bans in the Kashmir region. In a speech to the nation, he announced that if necessary he would fight "to the last breath" for the freedom of the people of Kashmir. "We feel their suffering and their pain," said Khan. If the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were to launch an attack on Kashmir, his country would give him an "appropriate response". A "Kashmir Hour" was proclaimed nationwide. In other large cities such as Lahore and Karachi, thousands of people on the streets expressed their solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
On August 5, the Indian government surprisingly revoked the special status of the part of Kashmir it controlled. Many Kashmiri reject this. To prevent protests there, tens of thousands of soldiers restrict people's freedom of movement. Internet and telephone connections can also only be used to a limited extent. More than 3,000 people were arrested, including virtually all major Kashmiri politicians.
Angry citizens in Pakistan respond to their prime minister's call to show solidarity with the Kashmiri
Shortly before the traditional Muslim Friday prayer, New Delhi tightened curfews in the Indian part of the region. The residents were told not to leave their homes, as reported by the Times of India. Markets and shops remained closed, roadblocks paralyzed traffic. The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir thus remains sealed off from the outside world more than three weeks after its autonomous status was abolished.
In the past few weeks, Pakistan had warned several times of the possible use of force by the Indian security forces against the population and had told the West not to do anything to support Muslims. Since the independence of the former British India and the separation into India and Pakistan in 1947, the two countries have been fighting for rule over Kashmir. The two nuclear powers have already fought two wars over the Himalayan valley, which is divided by a ceasefire line and mostly inhabited by Muslims. There are international concerns that the conflict could escalate again. Pakistan tested a short-range surface-to-surface missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads Thursday.
Fear of demographic changes
With the latest new regulation, New Delhi wants to integrate the area, which is mainly inhabited by Muslims, more strongly into the predominantly Hindu India. Pakistan also claims the area and has called the abolition of the previous special status "illegal". Islamabad also fears that more Hindus could now move to the disputed region. The special status forbade the permanent settlement of non-Kashmiri people. Any change in the composition of the population could change the outcome of a referendum on membership of the region, according to Islamabad. As early as 1948, a UN resolution stipulated that Kashmir would be affiliated to a referendum. The Kashmiri wait for this until today.
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