All Eyes in Kashmir on UNGA: Modi, Imran to Speak Today

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SRINAGAR – All eyes in Kashmir are at the United Nations as the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session later today (Friday).

Indian Prime Minister will address the world body first followed by his Pakistani counterpart on Friday evening. The two leaders are expected to lay their focus on Kashmir, defending their respective positions on the contested region which is under lockdown for last 53 days after New Delhi unilaterally scrapped Kashmir’s constitutionally guaranteed special status and downgraded the state into two federally administered areas .

Prime Minister Modi is expected to defend his decision of scrapping Article 370 of the Indian constitution and highlight what New Delhi believes is cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Imran Khan has indicated that he will forcefully take up Kashmir issue and the state of human rights in the state, after the abrogation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

While millions of people in the sub-continental region, are eagerly waiting for the two leaders to speak, eight million Kashmiris are looking towards ongoing UNGA session, to see what is in store for them and how it is helpful to take them out of the crisis that they are presently trapped in.

India and Pakistan are presently locked into a all time high state of confrontation over Kashmir, after article 370 was abrogated on 5th August this year, by the Indian Parliament.

As per the already publicized schedule, Prime Minister Modi will be addressing the session at 7.50 pm IST, followed by Prime minister Khan, who is scheduled to speak at number three after Modi.

According to sources Prime Minister Modi will leave the venue immediately after finishing his speech, to avoid hearing Imran Khan’s address to the Assembly. (Agencies)

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