Kashmir can never be part of Pak, says Islamic scholar

Australia-based Islamic scholar who is known for taking on Islamist hardliners Imam Mohamad Tawhidi said Pakistan can never claim the ownership of Kashmir, as it belongs to India. According to him, Kashmir was never a part of Pakistan, or will be a part of it

Asking Pakistan to face the situation with “honesty”, the liberal Imam tweeted, “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…”

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.

This is not the first time that the Imam has expressed his opinion on Kashmir. During his visit to India, Tawhidi, when asked to comment on Kashmir, he expressed similar sentiments. “I am not saying this because I am now in India. I am saying this because this is fact and this is history,” he had said.