Modi's moves in Kashmir, Assam could lead to biggest refugee crisis: PM Imran.


ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday urged the global community to put pressure on India to stop the humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir.

The prime minister, who is in Geneva to co-convene the first Global Refugee Forum World, said that Pakistan came into being out of the biggest refugee crisis in the history of mankind.

'We are inspired by the Prophet [Peace Be Upon Him] who was also a refugee,' he said. 'The countries that do not have the resources are struggling and cannot look after the population. Refugees causes problems that countries cannot imagine. I am looking at European countries right now as they struggle with the crisis,' PM Imran said.

'Pakistan has been through this before,' the prime minister said. 'Pakistan is home to 3 million Afghan refugees and we have 1.4 million registered refugees.

'We are a country that is going through massive unemployment. As a prime minister, I can tell you that we face problems daily but I am proud of my people. The way the way the people of Pakistan have hosted refugees and showed hospitality to them.'

The premier said that the point he was trying to make was to tell the world that Pakistan will continue with its efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process. 'We are praying that the Afghan peace process happens so that refugees can go back to their country.'

'I want to tell the world that they should be aware of the biggest refugee crisis about to take place,' the prime minister said to the participants of the forum.

Referring to the situation in occupied Kashmir as well as neighboring India, the prime minister warned the world community of one of the biggest impending refugee crisis is about to take place due to the steps taken the Narendra Modi government.

'On August 5, the Indian forces laid siege to the people of Kashmir. Eight million Kashmiris have been under lockdown, and their leaders imprisoned,' the prime minister said. 'The most important thing the world community needs to understand is that a change in democracy will lead us to having the biggest refugee crisis on our hands.'

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