Kashmiris to reject people opposing Pak interests: Pervaiz

MIRPUR, July 3 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday asked the
Kashmiris to reject the people, who had not supported the candidate
of Pakistan origin in the recent London mayor election.

The person, who had rather sought votes for anti-Pakistan candidate, had no right to solicit Kashmiris to vote for his party candiates in the ensuing elections, the minister said while addressing an Iftar dinner hosted by Chaudhry Saeed, PML-N candidate for LA-3 Mirpur.

He said Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan had persuaded people to send money through ‘Hundi’. He wanted that the country should receive remittances from abroad through legal channels. But the overseas Pakistanis had rejected his ‘wrong advice’ by sending their money back home through banks.

Moreover, due to effective policies of the PML-N government, the country’s foreign reserves had touched $23 billion mark, he added.

Pervaiz Rashid said the people of Mirpur had offered unmatched sacrifices for Pakistan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed
to protect their rights. The provision of basic ncessities such as
gas, electricity and water was part of the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) manifesto and the party after being voted to
power, would do away with the injustice meted with Azad Jammu
and Kashmir (AJK) in the past.

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He recalled that people of Mirpur had to leave their ancestral land
for Mangla Dam, which was providing energy and water to the whole
country. Even factories were being run due to the electrcity generated
from this dam, he added.

He said majority of the Mirpur residents were abroad and were sending precious foreign exchange to the country and keeping the city deprived of basic amenities was a crime. And that crime was was committed by three parties namely Pakistan Peoples Party, Barrister Sultan Mahmood (of PTI) and Sardar Attique of the Muslim Conference, who ruled the AJK for last many decades.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood, who frequently changes parties, remained in power, he added.

The PML-N, he reiterated, after assuming powers would undo the
injustices done to the valley by the three parties. It would provide all
the facilities to the Kashmiris and remove their sense of deprivation
as per its manifesto. The whole Pakistan was witness to the fact that
as to how Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had implemented the party’s
manifesto in letter and spirit during his three year tenure, he added.

Pervaiz Rashid said strikes, unrest and lawlessness were order of the day in Karachi. The city people were made to remain confined to their homes. Though the PPP was ruling Sindh but the Prime Minister
realizing his responsibility, ensured peace and tranquility in Karachi
as it was the country’s financial hub. It had even be acknowledged
recently by Imran Khan, he added.

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He said the PTI chief had not a single achievement to his credit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa whereas the PML-N had several achievements.

Imran Khan had sold Pakistan Cricket team to Kerry Packer for the sake
of money, he added.

He said July 21 election in the AJK was a referendum for both the PTI and the PML-N. The people would vote for the PML-N for the sake of their rights as Imran Khan wanted to plunder the national exchequer after attaining power, he added.

He said in London elections, at one side there was Goldsmith and
on the other Pakistan origin Sadiq Khan but Imran Khan did not seek
votes for the latter. How Imran could seek votes of Kashmiris as
he did not support Sadiq Khan, he questioned.

He said Barrister Sultan could have won accolades by distancing from Imran on the issue but he had failed on that count and now he did not deserve Kashmiris’ votes.

Nawaz Sharif would grant right to affected people of Mangla Dam, he added.