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Kashmiri people “will not follow puppet rule,” Bilawal says


PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressing an election campaign rally in Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir on June 27, 2021. – Photo courtesy of Twitter / PPP Media Cell
  • Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses the election rally in Rawalakot of Azad Kashmir.
  • Said “we must get this message across to Islamabad that the people of Kashmir will decide their future on their own”.
  • The PPP chairman said Prime Minister Imran Khan “had promised the people of Kashmir that he would be their ambassador but instead became a lawyer for Kulbhushan”.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that the people of Kashmir “will not follow a puppet regime”.

His remarks came at a campaign rally in Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, to build support ahead of the July 25 elections to the AJK Legislative Assembly.

“We need to get this message across to Islamabad that the people of Kashmir will decide their future for themselves,” Bilawal said, adding that it was the policy of the PPP.

Speaking to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bilawal said that “he had promised the people of Kashmir that he would be their ambassador, but instead became a lawyer for Kulbhushan”.

The PPP chairman, strongly opposing the passage of the International Court of Justice (review and reconsideration) bill, 2020 in the National Assembly, asserted that the parliament had not been made confidential before the adoption of the bill.

“If Imran Khan wants to give Kulbhushan an NRO, he can go ahead. But PPP will never be your partner in crime,” he told the government.

In further criticism of the government, Bilawal said the Pakistani people “bear the brunt of the failings of the government and its slogan for ‘change’.”

He said that while occupied Kashmir is ruled by Modi, where Kashmiris fight Modi’s oppression, the “people of Azad Kashmir are facing the tsunami of inflation of Imran Khan”.

“Imran Khan can remain silent, but the people of Kashmir cannot,” said the PPP chairman.

“If there is a historic attack on occupied Kashmir, then Imran Khan says what should I do? Bilawal continued, in an avalanche of statements condemning the prime minister.

Addressing the prime minister, he said: “Try asking for votes on behalf of an NRO for Kulbhushan and see the response you get.”

Then addressing the crowd, he went on to say, “This loose puppet has actually become a security risk.”

“The Kashmiri people will send a message on July 25 that they reject the puppet,” he said.

He claimed that there would not only be a prime minister in PPP Azad Kashmir, but that the party “will also have a prime minister in Pakistan”.

“Make our jiyala the prime minister and first and foremost you will see an increase in wages,” Bilawal said.

AJK Legislative Assembly Elections

Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s 11th general elections will be held on July 25, the region’s electoral commission said earlier this month.

According to the schedule announced by the Chief Electoral Officer, Retired Judge Abdul Rasheed Sulehria, nomination papers will be filed by candidates before returning officers no later than June 6 until 4 p.m., while the The examination of the application documents will be carried out the following morning. and the lists of validly nominated candidates will be published on the same day.

The deadline for filing appeals before the electoral commission against the acceptance or rejection of candidacy files by returning officers has been set for June 27 before 2 p.m., while the appeal hearing will take place from June 28 to June 29, with decisions announced on July 30 and 1.


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