Amid the latest crisis between Pakistan and India, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to support the struggle for self-determination in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday.

Khan traveled to parts of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan to mark his country’s independence day.

“Independence Day is an opportunity for great happiness, but today we are saddened by the plight of our Kashmiri brothers in occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are victims of Indian oppression,” Khan said in a statement ahead of the trip.

“I assure my Kashmiri brothers that we stand with them,” he said.

India, Pakistan, and China all control parts of Kashmir, which is mostly populated by Muslims. Diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Islamabad soured when the Indian government revoked the special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The move, which has been pushed by Hindu nationalists, strips the disputed state of rights to make its own laws and allows non-residents to buy property.

Watch video 07:18

Tinderbox Kashmir

India blocks Internet in Kashmir

India also detained a number of state leaders and had troops deploy barricades and razor wire on roads to prevent protests. Internet and phone services were also suspended, prompting residents to communicate with notes and human couriers.

Pakistan responded by expelling India’s ambassador from Islamabad, suspending trade relations with India and launching a diplomatic offensive against New Delhi. On Tuesday, Islamabad demanded a meeting by the UN Security Council to discuss the issue.

Khan’s Wednesday visit serves as another show of solidarity with the Muslim-majority population. The Pakistani prime minister is set to give a speech in the state assembly where he is expected to denounce India’s alleged human rights violations.

Watch video 02:16

India revokes Kashmir’s special status

dj/stb (Reuters, AP, AFP)

Every evening, DW sends out a selection of the day’s news and features. Sign up here.

Source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Southern California quake causes damage, injuries

Wildland firefighters pass by hospital equipment being set up outside the Ridgecrest…

US stocks close higher amid trade optimism

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange,…

Power restored after Manhattan spends hours in the dark

NEW YORK — Power has been restored to all customers, after a…

Royal family shares stunning photos from baby Archie’s christening

Baby Archie was christened Saturday at Windsor Castle’s private chapel. The official…