Modi govt trying to make Kashmir another Palestine: Pak minister

Hussain called on Pakistan's parliamentarians to stop fighting on trivial issues

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Chaudhry Fawad Hussain | Official Facebook handle

On a day the Pakistani government and Army held separate meetings to decide a response to the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, a minister in the Imran Khan government has warned of war. In its initial response on Monday, the Pakistan government declared it would use all options to counter the Narendra Modi government's decision to scrap Article 370.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, who is Pakistan's Federal Minister of Science and Technology, tweeted “Modi Govt is trying to make Kashmir another Palestine by changing the population demography and bringing settlers into Kashmir, Parliamentarians must stop fighting on trivial issues lets respond India by blood, tears, toil and sweat, we must be ready to fight if war is imposed.”

Hussain's reference to parliamentarians to “stop fighting on trivial issues” appears to be a comment about the delay in holding a joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday. The session, convened by President Arif Alvi, was yet to start on Tuesday after opposition parties took issue with the government's statement on the Kashmir issue on the grounds that it did not refer explicitly to Article 370.

Hussain is not the only minister in the Imran Khan government to have tweeted on the developments in Kashmir. Zartaj Gul Wazir, Minister of State for Climate Change, declared, “Thuggish and inflammatory actions of the Indian Government are an antithesis of norms of civility amongst comity of nations. Such highly arbitrary and irresponsible acts as the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A are bound to backfire on the atrocious regime.”

Ironically, Imran Khan, who has 10 million followers on Twitter, is yet to publicly react to the developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hussain prone to tweets against India

This is not the first time that Hussain has tweeted aggressively against India. In early June, Hussain alleged the Indian media had “worldwide notoriety” for warmongering, criticising the manner it reported Pakistan's plans to cut defence expenditure. Hussain even claimed the Indian media were the “first” to get affected by “Hindutva doctrine”.

In early March, amid the tension following the Balakot attack, in a tweet, Hussain had referred to Bollywood actors as “jokers” who had not even finished school. His tweet was aimed at actor Preity Zinta who had praised the Indian Air Force for its claim of shooting down a Pakistani F-16.