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PM Imran Khan urges Pakistani Americans to counter Indian lobby, raise voice for Muslims

PESHAWAR:

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the members of  APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America) to double down and ramp up their efforts to counter the Indian lobby in the US while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 42nd annual meeting of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North Ameria(APPNA) held in Peshawar on Saturday.

PM Imran Khan urged them to raise their voice for Muslims “suffering in Kashmir and India at the hands of the RSS-led BJP government”.

PM said APPNA is the most powerful and influential Pakistani group overseas. “You are the most educated, with the most awareness.”He said that the Government of Pakistan  not only wishes to have an institutional arrangement with APPNA but to have them lobby for the country.

India’s lobby in America right now is far more powerful than Pakistan’s. India’s point of view always overshadows that of Pakistan and American policies for Pakistan are affected by that viewpoint,” he added.

“What India is doing right now in Kashmir and with Muslims [in India] is in violation of all humanitarian laws and international laws. In the 21st century, we are witnessing a fascist, racist government.

“The programmes they are bringing in are identical to those in Hitler’s Nazi Germany when they committed genocide of the Jews. The exact same pattern is being followed by the RSS-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in India,” said the Premier.

He said that Pakistan government has been trying to raise awareness in America on this, the APPNA group will prove instrumental in furthering the cause.

“Raise your voice for Kashmiris who have been suffering for five months in an open prison and not only for that but for the change in demography which is considered a war crime.”PM Imran Khan also talked about that the recent Citizenship Amendment Act in India also poses a danger and there is a need for Pakistani Americans to highlight it. “Even enlightened Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis have stood up against an Act whose purpose it is to target Muslims,” he said.

“I don’t think you realise your lobbying strength. It is under utilised,” added the premier.

He urged the body to begin raising its voice because the “situation in India will further deteriorate”

Once this demon is out of the bottle, it will never go back in. This is what history has shown us. When a movement is launched based on hatred […] the Nazi Party created a Jew register before their genocide and in Myanmar, Muslims were asked to register,” he said, calling to attention similar moves being made by India.

“To counter where all this is headed, you must be prepared beforehand and lobby with full force.”

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