Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

India's Modi warns of 'unchecked population explosion'

India's Modi warns of 'unchecked population explosion'

The premier, who has been tweeting regularly in support of Kashmiris after the Indian government stripped the people of occupied Kashmir of their autonomy, said: "The fascist, Hindu supremacist [Narendra] Modi government should know that while armies, militants and terrorists can be defeated by superior forces, history tells us that when a nation unites in a freedom struggle and does not fear death, no force can stop it from achieving its goal".

This marks the first time in over 50 years that the UN Security Council is holding an exclusive meeting on Kashmir, even though consultative.

Except for China, all four other permanent members of the Council have openly backed New Delhi's position that disputes between India and Pakistan are bilateral matters with the USA even saying that the Kashmir developments are an internal matter of India.

Pakistan, the long-time contender for the disputed Kashmir region, condemned India's move, with Prime Minister Imran Khan comparing it to 20th century Nazi ideology.

"The secretary-general also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means", the statement said.

Three soldiers died in Indian shelling across the Line of Control but return fire killed five on the Indian side, they said.

There was no way to independently confirm the claims.

The Himalayan region has always been a flashpoint in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi described Modi as a key hurdle to peace and dialogue.

Pakistanis and residents of Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Thursday observed what they called "the Black Day" in solidarity with Kashmiris in the Indian-controlled portion.

Mr Modi said past governments had lacked the courage to take such a bold step because they were anxious about their political future.

"Article 370 should have been removed a long time ago, but better late than never", New Delhi businessman Amarjeet Singh said Wednesday outside the Red Fort.

"In the last 70 years we became a 2 trillion-dollar economy, but in the last five years, we added 1 trillion dollars to the economy". While underlining the need to boost exports, including an emphasis on district-level focus, the PM said, "We have to proceed with the Make-in-India mission that we took up".

"Today, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to address the issue of population explosion in the country".

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