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Pak has to change its policy to survive in 21st century: Exiled UKPNP chief

| Updated: Sep 25, 2016 22:12 IST

Geneva [Switzerland], Sept. 25 (ANI): Hailing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest attack on Pakistan, Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, chairman of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) asserted that no rights have been given to the people of Balochistan, Gilgit- Baltistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), adding that Islamabad has to change its policy to survive in 21st century. Ali said that today Pakistan is known as the hub of terrorist and people have no rights in the country. "Internationally the identity of Pakistan has become such that it exports terrorists and the productive activities in the country has finished because there is no power, water and no fundamental rights," he told ANI. He maintained that whatever little rights were available have also been snatched after the formation of military courts. "With the formation of the military court now the little rights that were left has also been snatched. That is why whatever he (Narendra Modi) has said is true. In light of this the people of Pakistan should think about it," he said. Taking a jibe at Pakistan, Ali said that Pakistani leadership should first look into the problems its people are facing rather than interfering into others problems. "Pakistani leadership should first look at their home that what are rights of its people and what problems they face. You [Pakistan] are not able to solve this and instead interfere into others problem," he said. Ali was of the opinion that peace in Pakistan has been disturbed because terrorist organisations and the fundamentalists are powerful there. "In Pakistan the terrorist organisations and the fundamentalists are powerful and they have the support of the military and the agencies. Because of this, the peace process, major confidence building cannot be restored and somewhere or the other some incident occurs like the Pathankot attack which has been claimed by Syed Salahudeen and his organization," he said. In a veiled attack to Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorist organisations, Ali questioned, "The guests of government reside there and formed a 17 group jihad council. One among them is the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, which is a terrorist group. Now if they claim of being involved in the attacks then who responsible is that?" Ali said that if Pakistan does not take responsibility now then the extremists and the fundamentalists group will increase their presence. Highlighting that both Pakistan and India were born together, and China two years after that, Ali also made comparisons on the progress made by the countries. He said that today nothing is left in Pakistan other than terrorism. "In Pakistan whatever development and industries, trade was present during the 70's is now finished. Whatever is left today is called the industry of terrorist. Pakistan today is the hub of terrorist and it the heaven of terrorist and extremist," he added. Ali said that people who talk about rights and development in Pakistan are arrested under the National Action Plan (NAP). Referring to Jamat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed speech as poisonous one, Ali said that if Pakistan really wants to exist in the 21st century than it needs to change its policy and shut the mouth of those who deliver poisonous speeches. "If you listen to Hafiz Saeed's speech you will notice that only poison comes out from his mouth. And if there is a need for development than the mouth of those delivering poisonous speech should be shut. If Pakistan really wants to exist in the 21st century than it needs to change its policy," he said. (ANI)