Pakistan ‘has always shown resilience and perseverance’

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People cheer while watching fireworks during the Independence Day celebrations, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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People cheer while watching fireworks during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi, Pakistan, on Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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People cheer while watching fireworks during the Independence Day celebrations, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Updated 14 August 2020

Pakistan ‘has always shown resilience and perseverance’

  • In an Independence Day message, Pakistan PM Imran Khan reiterates that his country's stands "firmly behind our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for the right to self-determination."




Prime Minister Imran Khan

I congratulate the entire nation on 74th Independence Day.

This auspicious occasion is a moment to reaffirm our pledge to continue pursuing the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

This day is an occasion to pay tribute to all those sons of our soil who laid down their lives while defending and protecting territorial as well as ideological frontiers of the motherland.

This day is an occasion to pause, ponder and reflect upon how far we have been able to achieve those ideals that led to the creation of an independent state.

During the past seven decades of our journey, we have been confronted with various challenges. We have battled against the odds on both external as well as internal fronts.

From the hostility of a neighboring country and its hegemonic intentions to the scourge of terrorism, and from coping with natural calamities to fighting pandemics, our nation has always shown resilience and perseverance.

Today, we reiterate our pledge to remain steadfast and embrace every challenge holding the torch of “Unity, Faith and Discipline.”

In our efforts to achieve our goal, we are diligently working to give this country a system of governance which conforms to the ideals and objectives of independence.

As we endeavor to build a system where rule of law prevails, we have chosen “Riyasat-i-Madina” as our role model.

While we celebrate this Independence Day, our hearts are profoundly grieved by the sufferings of our brethren in IIOJK who have been under military siege for one year.


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We stand firmly behind our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for the right to self-determination. We will continue to raise the voice of helpless Kashmiris at all available forums.

Moreover, we will sensitize the international community to the grave human rights violations in IIOJK and the threats posed to peace and security in the region by the supremacist RSS ideology pursued by the BJP government.

I am confident that the struggle and resilience of brave Kashmiris will culminate in their inalienable right of self-determination.

May Allah Almighty bless and crown our efforts with success to rebuild the country in consonance with the vision of its founding fathers and also bestow freedom upon our Kashmiri brethren in IIOJK to complete the agenda of the partition.

Ameen.

Pakistan Paindabad.

 

Imran Khan
Prime Minister of Pakistan


Children killed in Afghan air strike that hit mosque: officials

Updated 44 min 58 sec ago

Children killed in Afghan air strike that hit mosque: officials

  • Provincial police spokesman Khalil Aseer: The air strike was carried out when the victims were busy studying the Holy Qur’an
  • The ministry of defense — who confirmed the strike was carried out by the Afghan air force — denied civilians had died

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said Thursday, in an account disputed by the national government.
The strike on a village in northeastern Takhar province on Wednesday came as Afghan security forces clashed with suspected Taliban fighters, according to provincial police spokesman Khalil Aseer.
“The air strike was carried out when the victims were busy studying the Holy Qur’an,” Aseer said, adding a prayer leader was killed and 11 students.
He said 14 others were wounded.
Mohammad Jawad Hejri, the spokesman for the provincial governor, also said the strike had killed children.
But the ministry of defense — who confirmed the strike was carried out by the Afghan air force — denied civilians had died.
“Twelve Taliban including several of their commanders were killed,” it said.
Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh said news that children had died in a mosque “was baseless.”
“Those who spread rumors will be dealt with,” he wrote on Facebook.
The ministry of defense said it had appointed a team to investigate.
“The enemy bombarded the mosque at a time when tens of children were busy in religious studies,” the Taliban said in a statement, adding the air strike had destroyed the mosque.
The Afghan military has a fledgeling air force and small attack planes capable of conducting limited close-air support for troops on the ground.
Heavy fighting in Takhar since Tuesday has left at least 25 Afghan security personnel dead, officials have said.
Despite joining peace talks with the government in Qatar last month, the Taliban have only increased violence in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations.
The top US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said earlier this week that fighting is threatening the peace process.