Trade with India tantamount to treason with Kashmiris: PM Imran

Says Opposition asked Army to oust the elected PTI government

By: News Desk      Published: 05:14 PM, 30 May, 2021
Trade with India tantamount to treason with Kashmiris: PM Imran
PM Imran Khan responding to questions of the callers.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that the Opposition in the country had asked the Pakistan Army to oust the elected government because they wanted an NRO from day one, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The prime minister also said that any trade with India at this moment will tantamount to treason with the Kashmiri people.

Taking calls from people to answer their queries on phone, Imran Khan said the opposition is trapped in their own words as they termed the PTI government ineligible and now they are baffled with the economic growth rate statistics.

“Contrary to the hopes of our opponents, we have been blessed that GDP growth surged and there are predictions of above 4 percent GDP growth,” Imran Khan said. 

Answering a question of a caller Zubair from Multan, Imran Khan quoted a Holy Quran verse: “So, surely with hardship comes ease,” and said when you compete in life there would be ups and downs.” 

“I would have to pay the loans and for that I have to increase my country’s revenue. I told my nation about the difficult time ahead as when a country became bankrupt it needed time to rise again,” Imran Khan said. 

Kashmir and relations with India 

Imran Khan also said that Pakistan needs good relations with India and with this the trade would significantly surge and he even tried with sincere efforts to have good relations with India.

Imran Khan said that keeping in view today's situation, especially after the August 2019 move by India, having a normalization and trade with India at this time would be tantamount to treason with Kashmiri people.

He announced that Pakistan is with the Kashmiri people and trade would not be resumed at the cost of the Kashmiris' sacrifices.

The Prime Minister commented that the Palestine issue is the same as the Kashmir issue. “The recent movement in Palestine, amid the social media uproar, will lead to settlement of Palestine dispute which is a two-state solution,” he added.

“Just like when European Union was formed, everyone benefited,” Imran Khan said. 

"There is no doubt that if we have good relations with India — and on the other hand we have such a big market when it comes to China — if we begin trade and there is greater connectivity, it’s a proven fact that trade benefits all," he said.

The prime minister said that if India takes back the steps it took on August 5, "then we can definitely hold talks" and build a road map to sort out the Kashmir issue.

Housing societies

Answering a question, Imran Khan said, “List of legal housing societies will be on the website so that people may not be confused. And, the Justice Azmat committee is working on categorizing the housing schemes so that this issue may not surface in the future.”

Economy growing

Imran Khan said that Pakistan will continue to achieve economic growth in the days to come as he termed the process gradual and one that would take time. "The Almighty has passed us successfully from a difficult phase and now the country will continue to progress in the same way," he said.

"No one thought that we would achieve the growth rate of nearly 4 per cent. In fact, according to several independent experts, we may even surpass this growth rate or even beyond," he maintained.

PM Imran further stated that the issues that the incumbent government faced were unprecedented.

Water shortage

A caller from Badin complained of water shortage in the province, with the "Sindh government deflecting the blame on to the Centre".

In response, the prime minister promised that the government, over the course of the next 10 years, will build 10 dams, as it is water storage that will enable the country to deal with the needs of the burgeoning population.

This will enable the government to distribute the water to provinces on a fairer footing as well, he said. He regretted that the telemetry system that indicates how much water is going to each province is "just not working", but the government is working on having these placed everywhere.

Imran Khan also said distribution within provinces is also a problem, with farmers unable to get the share of water they should.

He said it is the responsibility of the Sindh government to ensure that the powerful do not take away the share of poor farmers. "If the presence of Rangers, like an MPA from Sindh has requested, is required, we will provide that as well," the prime minister said.

PDM ‘dramas’

The Prime Minister said that PDM will not succeed in its purpose and people will not by impressed by the PDM dramas. “PDM is united for their personal gains and wants to blackmail the government to hide their corruption cases,” he added.

PM Imran Khan also announced that there would be reforms in Punjab police.

Answering the questions of callers about the inflation, the Prime Minister said various measures are being taken including relief to the farmers like Kissan Card. “Oil prices increased 100 percent in the global market from June 20 last year to May 20 this year but in Pakistan there were only 11 percent increase. Palm oil prices increased 70 globally but in Pakistan there was minimal increase,” the PM shared the data with the callers. 

Hammad Azhar speaking on the occasion said, “Mr Prime Minister you introduced an independent statistics system like you introduced neutral umpires in cricket.”