Pakistani PM Imran Khan urged the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America to aggressively counter the strong Indian lobby in the United States and counter New Delhi’s narrative on Kashmir.
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Addressing the meeting, PM Imran said Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) is the most powerful and influential Pakistani group overseas. “You are the most educated, with the most awareness.”
Khan said that Islamabad not only wishes to have an institutional arrangement with APPNA but to have them lobby for the country. “India’s lobby in the US right now is far more powerful than Pakistan’s. India’s point of view always overshadows that of Pakistan and American policies for Pakistan are affected by that viewpoint,” he explained.
“What India is doing right now in Kashmir and with Indian Muslims is in breach of all humanitarian laws and international laws. In the 21st century, we are witnessing a fascist, racist government.
“The programmes they are bringing in are identical to those in Hitler’s Nazi Germany when they committed genocide of the Jews. The exact same pattern is being followed by the RSS-led BJP government in India,” said PM Imran.
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He said that while the Pakistan government has been trying to raise awareness in the US on this, the APPNA group will prove instrumental in furthering the cause. “Raise your voice for Kashmiris who have been suffering for five months in an open prison and not only for that but for the change in demography which is considered a war crime.”
The premier said that the Citizenship Amendment Act in India also poses a danger. “Even enlightened Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis have stood up against an Act whose purpose it is to target Muslims,” he said.
“I don’t think you realise your lobbying strength. It is underutilised,” added Khan, urging the group to take advantage of their position in the US.
He warned of India undertaking a false-flag operation to draw attention away from their actions which had for the first time been met with international criticism. He urged the body to begin raising its voice because the “situation in India will further deteriorate”.
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“Once this demon is out of the bottle, it will never go back in. This is what history has shown us. When a movement is launched based on hatred […] the Nazi Party created a Jew register before their genocide and in Myanmar, Muslims were asked to register,” he said, calling to attention similar moves being made by India. “To counter where all this is headed, you must be ready beforehand and lobby with full force.