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Is PPP doing politics on Kashmir issue?

Pakistan Peoples Party leaders accuse Imran Khan's government of failing Kashmiri people and not taking the issue seriously. PPP leaders seem to be doing politics over the Kashmir issue.

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Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) leadership once again criticized the incumbent government for its alleged failure to take up the issue of Kashmir before the international community. President PPP Punjab Qamar Zaman Kaira and General Secretary PPP Punjab Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed along with other PPP leaders said that due to the incapable government terrorism is once again raising its head in Pakistan.

They condemned the attack in Quetta in a mosque reportedly killing and injuring several worshippers. PPP leaders also cursed the PTI government for arresting opposition leaders under the pretext of corruption.

PPP’s leadership remarks raise a question in the present context when the UN Security Council held a consultative meeting to discuss the issue of Kashmir almost after 50 years. China, Pakistan’s ally, categorically termed the act of annexation invalid and something which may lead to serious political instability in the region and beyond.

Similarly, the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) also issued a strong-worded statement and demanded an immediate end to curfew and widespread violations of human rights in Kashmir. The OIC also demanded a fact-finding commission under the UN to ascertain the state of human rights in the valley.

It is believed that PPP chairman cunningly offered unconditional support to the prime minister after seeing a big crowd in Washington DC.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN has said that it is the diplomatic win of Pakistan that Security Council took up the issue of Kashmir after 50 years. She also said that the Indian representative at the UN looked defensive who later had to accept that the Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory.

However, the PPP leadership pointed out that the PTI government is busy in victimizing its political opponents. The government has arrested leaders of PPP and PML (N) and has done nothing on any front. It is so unfortunate that Faryal Talpur was transferred to prison at midnight when his brother was in NAB’s custody and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was in Muzaffarabad to celebrate Eid with his Kashmiri brethren.

This coward government had earlier arrested Maryam Nawaz in front of his father when she was visiting him in prison. This all is being done to satisfy the ego of puppet prime minister, he added.

Political analysts maintain that the opposition was expecting a soft treatment after the rise of Kashmir issue. However, the Khan-government did not show any flexibility regarding ongoing accountability drive.  Prime Minister Khan recently said that if someone thinks his government shall get toppled because of strict accountability policy, “I am even willing to sacrifice my life for the national cause”.

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Despite Foreign Minister’s repeated requests that the issue of Kashmir shall remain a concern of everyone in the country, opposition is sparing not opportunity to do politics. Interestingly, after PM Khan’s visit to the US and a successful meeting PPP chairman intelligently offered unconditional support to him.

Taking to Twitter, the PPP chairman said: “I’ve many reservations about our PM, his undemocratic politics & economically fatal polices. I also believe much of his conduct abroad particularly his jalsa is unbecoming of a PM who is supposed to represent 🇵🇰 [Pakistan] not just PTI”.

It is believed that PPP chairman cunningly offered unconditional support to the prime minister after seeing a big crowd in Washington DC. It would have been politically incorrect to not support Khan even after seeing his support in the USA.

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But now the opposition seems to exploit the critical regional situation to seek some concession regarding accountability. Both Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari along with other senior leadership have been arrested. Both parties are using all channels to seek some concession and get the leaders released.