Modi’s hands stained with blood of innocent people: Khawaja Asif

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (APP): Minister for Defense Khawaja
Muhammad Asif Thursday said killings of innocent people in Indian occupied Kashmir had exposed the real face of Narendra Modi’s government.

“Modi’s hands are stained with blood of innocent people
whether these are Gujrat riots or state sponsored atrocities in occupied Kashmir,” he said speaking in a private news channel program.

He said policies of Modi government of interfering into
neighboring countries were also a threat to regional peace as his government was sponsoring terrorism in Balochistan and Afghanistan.

He said there was a question mark on bilateral talks between
Pakistan and India in this tense environment as Modi wanted to divert attention from Kashmir situation by giving statements on Balochistan.

Khawaja Asif on the statement from Indian Minister in which he called Pakistan a hell, said it was India which converted a paradise like Kashmir into a hell.

The minister said ethnic cleansing was being done in occupied Kashmir and genocide was being committed by India. Indian forces were using pallet guns against innocent Kashmiris, with youth being the prime target.

The occupied valley had been made a living hell for the
Kashmiri people by Indian forces, he added.

The minister recalled the situation in India after the murder of
Indra Gandhi when the life was made hell for Sikh community in the country. “History witnesses that thousands of members of Sikh community were killed at that time.”

He said genocide of Muslims was committed in Gujrat riots by Modi, adding, the Indian government should look into its own country where minorities were in miserable condition and lower castes were being treated inhumanly.

Khawaja Asif said India was sponsoring terrorism in
Balochistan and the arrest of Indian intelligence operator
Kulbushan Yadev was its proof, adding the Pakistani government had presented all evidences of Indian terrorism in Pakistan at all international forums.

He said Pakistan had been sharing all evidences of Indian involvement  in Pakistan for promoting terrorism with the international community.

The minister said the government would plead the case aggressively and would tell India of its involvement in Pakistan whenever a bilateral meeting was held.

Terrorism had became an international phenomenon and no country was  safe from it and that there should be discussion at international level going beyond the borders to get rid of this menace, he said.

He said Kashmir would be on top of agenda in bilateral
meeting of Pakistan India as Indian atrocities in the occupied valley had touched the sky.

“We believe in resolving all issues through dialogue but
suitable environment is vital to hold talks,” he said and added when India was committing genocide in occupied Kashmir, what would be achieved in the talks.

Commenting on India US relations, the Defence Minister said
Pakistan was monitoring the growing defense ties between the twocountries and was open to use all options in this regard.

Being an ally of the United States in war against terrorism,
Pakistan had offered unprecedented assistance to the US in its operation in Afghanistan, he said.

To a question about border with Afghanistan, the minister
said Pakistan considered its relations with Afghanistan as very important, as peace in Pakistan was linked with Afghanistan.

Pak Afghan border was an internationally recognized border
and Pakistan would establish check posts at its side to secure the border and regulate the movement of people and traffic.

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had been hosting Afghan refugees
for decades but some elements among them were becoming a hurdle in establishing peace in the country.

He said rigging case of his constituency was in Supreme
Court and he was hopeful that justice would be done as he had full confidence in the courts.

He said PTI chief Imran Khan was loosing popularity which
could be gauged from his recent public gatherings.

The minister said the government was fully determined to
eliminate power load shedding by 2018 and measures were being taken in this regard.

Various power projects launched under China Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) were underway and would be completed within stipulated time period, he added.