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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Sindh government did not respond to the PTI-led government’s call to commemorate Kashmir hour in solidarity with the Kashmiri struggle for freedom. The PPP-led Sindh government did not organize any rally or demonstration for Kashmir Hour.
Media reports reveal that Information Minister Saeed Ghani commented that the PPP does not believe in undertaking any showcase initiatives. Sources reveal that no demonstrations were staged at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House, Sindh Assembly, Bilawal House, Zardari House or the People’s Secretariat during the Kashmir Hour.
The PPP leader claimed that the Imran Khan-led government merely wants to use the issue of Kashmir for its own political agendas, while intensifying its campaign of political victimization against the opposition.
Opposition absent at Kashmir Hour
Sindh Minister for Information and Labour, Saeed Ghani, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi have failed to highlight the Kashmir issue and turn it into an international dispute. He observed that the PTI leadership has failed to effectively address the issue of Kashmir, and has a great deal to learn from the statements of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
جس دلیری سے چیئرمین پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی بلاول بھٹو زرداری کشمیر کا مقدمہ لڑ رہے ہیں ہم سمجھتے ہیں اس ہی طریقے سے حکومت کو بھی اس مقدمہ کو لڑنا تھا مگر انھوں نے کبھی کشمیر کو اپنی ترجیحات میں جگہ نہیں دی۔
وزیر اطلاعات و لیبر سندھ، سعید غنی pic.twitter.com/7JSmwh5EEw— Pakistan Peoples Party (@PPP_Org) August 30, 2019
Saeed Ghani said, “The government’s policy on Kashmir has failed to highlight the Kashmiri cause on international forum, while they continue to accuse the opposition of not working by their side.”
The PPP leader claimed that the Imran Khan-led government merely wants to use the issue of Kashmir for its own political agendas, while intensifying its campaign of political victimization against the opposition. He maintained that the Pakistan People’s Party has a historic relationship with the Kashmir cause and has been responsible for highlighting it across international forums over the years.
PPP leader Abdul Qadir Patel stressed that the PPP has called for a joint meeting of the parliament however, the government failed to respond to this call. He stressed that the Kashmiri causes can only be highlighted through diplomatic initiatives. Abdul Qadir Patel said, “Diplomatic warfare is of more significance than weapons.”
Sindh Minister for Information and Labour, Saeed Ghani, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi have failed to highlight the Kashmir issue and turn it into an international dispute.
The PPP leaders observed that the Pakistan People’s Party will carry out demonstrations and rallies on 6th September to observe Defence Day in solidarity with the Kashmiri struggle for freedom. Sources reveal that the rally will begin from the tower and conclude at the press club.
Sindh in Solidarity with Kashmir
Many across Twitter and other social media forums raised the question of the absence of PPP Chairman and his party leaders on the important occasion of Kashmir Hour, when the entire Pakistani nation came to a standstill and millions poured onto the streets to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren.
Surprised to know no participation by Sindh Govt in today's #KashmirHour .
No rally by #PMLN in Lhr/Punjab ,no rally by #PPP in Khi/sindh.No rally by JUI-F, ANP etc.
Is #Kashmir only IK/govt's issue?
Are the opp members not Pakistani?
— Ayesha Ahmed (@Ayeshahmed123) August 30, 2019
CMs, governors of all provinces present in rallies.
Where is CM Sindh? Bilawal Bhutto?
Is #Kashmir issue not important enough for Sindh govt/PPP? #KashmirHour pic.twitter.com/MbPIphqW7k— Ayesha Ahmed (@Ayeshahmed123) August 30, 2019
Nevertheless, people of Sindh from all walks of life, including students, academicians, institutions and politicians, responded to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call on Kashmir Hour.
Kashmir solidarity hour is being observed in Sindh university Jamshoro.
Classes were offed including central library. Students were being ousted from the library to celebrate hour. #KashmirHour pic.twitter.com/Mg1i4q90lH
— Suhail Ahmed Abro (@AbroSuhailahmed) August 30, 2019
The people of Karachi came out of their schools, offices and homes in large numbers, taking to the street with Kashmiri and Pakistani flags.
KASHMIR HOUR: People are coming out from offices, Schools and homes in large number on PM Imran Khan's call to show solidarity with people of Kashmir.#KashmirHour #SaveKashmirFromModi #Karachi #TimesOfKarachi pic.twitter.com/ofzJC2bup5— The Times of Karachi (@TOKCityOfLights) August 30, 2019
Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail, addressed a rally at Mazaar-e-Quaid, appealing to the international community to break its silence on the atrocities committed against the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir.
Governor @ImranIsmailPTI while addressing the 'Kashmir Hour' rally at Mazar-e-Quaid said that the international community is silent over Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir. #KashmirHour pic.twitter.com/ImYmInFwJJ— Governor Sindh (@GovernorSindh33) August 30, 2019
He said no matter what happens, the Pakistani nation will stand with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters till the last breath.
The Governor also said that Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI has made it clear if India wants war, we are ready for it.#KashmirHour pic.twitter.com/BydZ6kOBl8— Governor Sindh (@GovernorSindh33) August 30, 2019
The Mayor of Karachi also attended demonstrations and addressed a rally organized for Kashmir solidarity. He reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s warning to India, the Mayor of Karachi said, “India should not underestimate us. The entire Pakistani nation stands with Kashmir.”
Mayor Karachi Attended a demonstration in connection with '#Kashmir Solidarity Hour' to show #Solidarity with the people of Kashmir facing #Indian oppression & atrocities, #Karachi. #KashmirHour ll pic.twitter.com/8xipF2DFWr
— Mayor of Karachi (@Mayor_Karachi) August 30, 2019