RAWALPINDI – Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesman for Pakistan’s armed forces, said Wednesday that Indian efforts to silent innocent Kashmiris Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by keeping them under brutal siege without communication blackout have failed.
Ghafoor, who is Director General of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), took to Twitter to say that the voices of Kashmiris who have been suffering at the hands of Indian forces are resonating now through over 200 million Muslims and minorities in India.
He also shared a video from Indian streets, where a huge number of people are seen rallying against the controversial Citizens Amendment Act (CAA).
In his previous tweet, while wishing happy birthday to the founding father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the DG-ISPR also referred to the plight of the Muslims at the hands of the extremists Hindus.
“Those who opposed then are realizing now. For them it is a beginning afresh now and it is beginning of the end,” his tweet read.
There have been widespread protests in India against the law. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is perceived as being discriminatory to the country’s Muslim minority, as it gives non-Muslim minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who fled to India before 2015 a pathway to citizenship which Muslims in the same position do not have.
It is understood that undocumented Hindus and other religious groups can gain citizenship if they can show that they were persecuted for their faith in the neighbouring Muslim-majority countries.
There are up to 25 deaths so far in almost two weeks of demonstrations and violence, with most reported in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of 204 million, 20 per cent of whom are Muslims.
It has also been reported that the authorities have shut down internet services in different parts of the country. Since 2012, the government in New Delhi has suspended internet services 367 times.
India has the world’s largest Muslim minority population, which estimates put at approximately 14 per cent of the overall population.
Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.
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