Imran Khan destroyed country’s image, failed to get support internationally over Kashmir issue: Pakistan interior minister

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Islamabad: Pakistan Interior Minister, Brigadier Ijaz Ahmed Shah, has brought a major embarrassment to Prime Minister Imran Khan and his coterie of ministers with his admission that Islamabad has failed to get support from the international community over its stand on Kashmir issue.

Brig Shah blamed Pakistan “ruling elite”, including Imran Khan, for “destroying” the image of the country.

“People do not believe us in the international community. We say they [India] impose curfew and are not giving medicines to people of Jammu and Kashmir. People do not believe us, but they believe them. The ruling elite has destroyed the country. The ruling elite of this country destroyed the name. People think we are not a serious nation,” Brig Shah said, during a talk show on Pakistani news channel Hum News on Wednesday.

When asked whether Imran Khan, Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf and others were a part of the ruling elite, the former spy chief said: “Everyone is responsible. Pakistan should now do a soul searching.”

Ijaz’s remarks came a day after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, claimed that India has transformed Jammu and Kashmir into the largest “caged prison in this planet” after the abrogation of Article 370 and that the human rights were being “trampled with impunity” there.

India had rejected Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s allegations and hit back saying a “fabricated narrative” on Jammu and Kashmir has come from “the epicentre of global terrorism” and from a nation, which conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of ‘alternate diplomacy.

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