UK PM should protest against HR violations in IHK: Gilani
SARGODHA: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, while objecting to British prime minister’s statement, said Cameron should raise his voice against the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir.
He was addressing a public meeting in Sillanwali after inaugurating a Sui gas project for the area on Saturday during the election campaign of the PPP-P backed candidate in NA-68.
He said the British prime minister had ignored the ground reality that Pakistan was the frontline state in the war on terror and had suffered a large number of casualties, and even the country’s economy had been damaged by it.
He said the British prime minister did not even take in consideration the 63 years long relations between the two countries while accusing Pakistan. Â“We had asked the allied forces to give respect to our national institutions and remember our sacrifices.”
Gilani, who reached 90 minutes late while the people had to stay in sizzling heat, said, “We are a sovereign nation and adopt minimum deterrence to maintain balance of power in the region. We always invited India to talk at equal level, and without the Kashmir issue the composite dialogue will be meaningless.” He said India was violating the human rights in Kashmir and we would raise voice for the Kashmiris at all levels.
Earlier, Water Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also addressed the public rally and said that the prime minister was going to the remote areas and giving facilities to the masses at their doorsteps.
State Minster for Interior Affairs Tasnim Ahmad Qurashi, Chairman inspection team and PM Complaint Cell Incharge Malik Amjad Ali Noon, MNA Nadim Afzal Chan, MNA Anwar Ali Cheema, MPA Rana Munawar Ghous, independent candidate backed by PPP in NA-68 Mazhar Qurashi, MPA Kamil Shamel Gujar, MPA Tahir Navid Ch and other notables were also present on this occasion.
The prime minister inaugurated Sui gas provision to Sillanwali city at the cost of Rs 500 million for 60,000 people, which will be completed in December 2010.
APP adds: Talking to media men after inaugurating a transformers factory at Suay Aasil, Gilani said Pakistan was a sovereign state and no one could dare cast an evil eye on it. He said Pakistan had strong armed forces, a sovereign parliament, an independent judiciary and a vibrant media. To a question about David CameronÃs comments against Pakistan, Gilani said he should have also condemned human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir by Indian forces. He said international issues should be discussed through diplomatic sources. The prime minister said circular debt was more than Rs 400 billion when the PPP came into power but, he added, now the circular debt had been reduced and the government was trying its best to cut it down.
To a question, he said consensus is being developed among the provinces for construction of more dams, and Diamer Bhasha Dam was an example of this consensus. He said terrorism is a challenge and parliament and law-enforcement agencies are united on the issue. Gilani mentioned the assassination of KP Minister Mian IftikharÃs son and said a policy on terrorism needs a thorough analysis.
To a question on a US statement, he said the US should not have created a vacuum by leaving Afghanistan alone. About target killing in Balochistan, he said the political leadership was being targeted in the province.
Source: The News