New Delhi, Aug 13: Kashmir was never a part of Pakistan, or will be a part of it, a controversial Islamic scholar has told Pakistan, asking it to face the situation with "honesty".
"Kashmir was never part of Pakistan. Kashmir will never be part of Pakistan. Both Pakistan and Kashmir belong to India. Muslims converting from Hinduism to Islam... doesn't change the fact that the entire region is Hindu Land. India is older than Islam let alone Pakistan. Be honest..," Imam Mohamad Tawhidi said in a tweet.
Tawhidi, whose Twitter handle "@imam of peace", describes him as a "peace advocate", a "reformist imam", and "national bestselling author", who rejects extremists, and both the far-left/far-right", had even earlier said his position was consistent that Kashmir was "Hindu land" that never belonged to Pakistan, and he re-affirmed this during his last visit to India.
Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to rack up cross-border tension over the Indian government's move to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and split the troubled region into two Union Territories.
Accordint to an ANI report, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has started moving equipment to their forward bases close to Ladakh.
"Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas," government sources were quoted as saying by ANI.
The PAF is most likely to move its JF-17 fighter aircraft which it acquired from China to the Skardu air field, the sources added.
The C-130 transport aircraft being used by the PAF are an older version of the plane which were supplied by the Americans a long time ago.
On Sunday, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir had reported that Pakistani soldiers, with heavy artillery, have been purportedly seen moving through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir towards the Line of Control (LoC).
Mir, in a tweet, said that he had heard from people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir about the troop movements and the "enthusiastic" welcome given to them by the locals.
"Received calls from highly motivated Kashmiri friends belonging to different areas of AJK they informed that Pakistan Army troops with heavy Artillery moving to LoC since last night locals welcoming troops by waving Pakistani flags and raising slogans 'Kashmir baney ga Pakistan'," he tweeted.
Pakistan has been protesting India's move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special constitutional status and divide it into two Union territories. It has sought to get international support against the Indian action, as well as taking a number of steps, including downgrading diplomatic ties and sending back the Indian envoy, stopping bilateral trade and transport links and banning Indian films and "all cultural content".
News24 Bureau with IANS inputs
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