ISLAMABAD (9 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Monday thanked US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Hassan who called on him at his office.
During the meeting, the prime minister said that Modi-led BJP government has distorted the face of India in front of the world. He also clarified the US senators that dialogues with Indian PM Narendra Modi are not possible due to the curfew and communication blockade in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
While warning the international community, PM Khan reiterated that India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers and it would have dire consequences.
The Afghan peace process was also discussed in the meeting. The premier said that the US and Taliban want peace in Afghanistan, adding that peace process should be discussed in phases.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari and the foreign secretary were also present in the meeting.
On the other hand, in Occupied Kashmir, the lockdown continues on the 64th consecutive day, on Monday, with all shops, main markets and educational institutions shut and public transport off the road in scenic Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region.
As the territory entered the third month of the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Indian government’s decision to abrogate special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, normal life continues to remain paralyzed. Internet connectivity stands closed. The train between Baramulla and Banihal continues to be frozen for more than nine weeks.
The authorities made several efforts in the past nine weeks to reopen the schools. However, officials admit that the students did not come to schools. The residents are facing severe hardships due to shortage of essential commodities.
People in most of the Valley areas including Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam have not been able to harvest the apple, which may have serious impact on the economy of the Kashmiri people.
On Sunday, a high-level US Congressional delegation comprising Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggie Hassan along with their staffers and US Ambassador Paul Jones visited Muzaffarabad.