Pakistani PM Imran Khan once again threatened nuclear war with India over the issue of occupied kashmir
By: Amir Makhai & Zahid Akhtar
Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, who was addressing Pakistan on the Kashmir situation, said that Pakistan will go to any extent on the issue, even nuclear war.
Imran Khan, who was addressing Pakistan on the Kashmir situation, said that Pakistan will go to any extent on the issue.
“If the [Kashmir] conflict moves towards war then remember both nations have nuclear weapons and no one is a winner in a nuclear war. It will have global ramifications. The superpowers of the world have a huge responsibility…whether they support us or not, Pakistan will do everything possible,” Imran Khan said in his address.
Imran Khan said that the time had come for Pakistan to be decisive on the Kashmir issue.
He added that Pakistan had made attempts to open dialogue with India but had not found the same support from the other side.
He said that India accusing Pakistan of aiding terrorism as well as holding the neighbour responsible for the February Pulwama attack had hampered talks between the two nations.
“So we wanted to be friends with everyone…When I came into power, I made many overtures for dialogue [with India] but there were always some problems,” Imran Khan said.
The Pakistani prime minister added that his government had waited for the end of the Indian elections, so talks could start with a new government but then India changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
He was referring to India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
“On August 5 they annexed Kashmir and decided that it was now a part of Hindustan. They violated the UN resolutions and their own constitution and supreme court decisions,” Imran Khan said.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief reiterated that he was willing to be Kashmir’s ambassador in the world and said that he would take up the issue at the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September.
Imran Khan also assured the people of Pakistan that his government will stand by the Kashmiris till India lifts the restrictions in the Valley.
Khan told the New York Times in an interview published late Wednesday.
The two rivals clashed in February, when Indian fighter jets crossed the unofficial boundary dividing the Indian and Pakistani-controlled portions of Kashmir to strike a terrorist group in Pakistan. One of India’s Soviet-made MiG-21s was downed by the Pakistani air force, and the pilot was captured. But U.S. officials sided with India in that incident because of frustration over Pakistan’s perceived willingness to allow the terrorist networks to operate with impunity.
Modi echoed those charges when he revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status earlier this month on the grounds that “terrorism and separatism” had flourished in the area and that the territory’s autonomy “used as a weapon by Pakistan to incite anti-national feelings against some people in our country.”
India’s foreign ministry released a statement after Khan’s speech describing Pakistan’s attacks Wednesday as an “unprovoked act of aggression”. The ministry also objected to the way images of the captured pilot were being disseminated.
“India reserves the right to take firm and decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression or cross-border terrorism,” the statement said.
Other global powers, including the United States and European Union, have also called for calm, while Malaysia issued a travel advisory for its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the affected areas.