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India can't hold Kashmir by force for long: Imran

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan asks New Delhi to withdraw its army from Kashmir and give the people their right to self-determination. He observed that no power could ever control people through an army.

world Updated: Oct 31, 2011 12:49 IST

"Politics is not cricket," a leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said after the huge turnout at a rally addressed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan who also brought up the Kashmir issue and asked New Delhi to withdraw the army.

"Who really left the mark will be decided by the vote," PML-N leader Pervez Rasheed on Sunday told Geo News. He spoke after the conclusion of Imran Khan's 'Pakistan Bachao' rally that saw the massing of tens of thousands of people in Lahore.

Rasheed said public meetings being held these days are reflective of people's desire for change. "Politics is not cricket where you have a winner (or loser) at the end," he was quoted as saying.

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf take part in Imran Khan's rally in Lahore.

Imran Khan spoke on Kashmir while addressing the massive gathering. He asked New Delhi to withdraw its army men from Kashmir and give the people their right to self-determination.

He observed that no power could ever control people through an army.

The former cricketer asked whether the US army had been able to control Afghans in 10 years and he then responded that only if the Indian army was more strong than the US army would it be able to control Kashmiris through force.

He also said that his party would hold a civil disobedience movement if politicians failed to declare their assets.