‘War with India a possibility’, Imran Khan ‘absolutely’ believes, rules out talks

Clay Curtis
September 17, 2019

The premier will apprise the cabinet over his upcoming visit to the United States (US), besides that, a briefing will also be given on the contacts with the worldwide leaders and diplomatic efforts over Kashmir issue.

Kashmir has seen an average of almost 20 protests per day in six weeks since the removal of its special status, a senior government source told AFP.

"...this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent", Mr Khan said.

The Minister said that irrespective of the fact that whether the other countries supported the Kashmiris or not, Pakistan would continue to raise its voice for their "right to self-determination" and extend them its full support. "I am a pacifist, I am anti-war, I believe that wars do not solve any problems", he told the news channel.

Addressing a UK-based Kashmiri Pandit gathering organised in London, the Conservative Party MP on Saturday also opposed Pakistan's plan to move a United Nations resolution in the wake of India's decision to end the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.

"But I am clear that when two nuclear-armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war".

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Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

However, he later asserted that his country would never ever start a war with India and even not use nuclear weapons first. So they were trying to bankrupt us economically, so that's when we pulled back.

Khan claimed that Pakistan till recently had made attempts to open dialogue with India "to live as civilised neighbours, to resolve our difference [over Kashmir]. through a political settlement".

The rally also comes a day after the country's military said Indian fire killed one of its soldiers in Kashmir in the latest cease-fire violation.

India has strictly maintained that the Kashmir issue was its "internal matter".

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