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Pakistan could lose in conventional war with India: Imran Khan
File photo of Imran Khan. AFP

Pakistan could lose in conventional war with India: Imran Khan

15 Sep 2019 | 12:12 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again raked up the prospect of a war, including a nuclear war, with India over New Delhi’s “illegal annexation” of Kashmir.

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Islamabad, September 15

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again raked up the prospect of a war, including a nuclear war, with India over New Delhi’s “illegal annexation” of Kashmir.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Imran has also tacitly acknowledged that Pakistan could lose in a conventional war with India, and in that case “there could be consequences”.

To a question on his issuing a nuclear threat to India over Kashmir, Imran told the channel: “There is no confusion. What I said is that Pakistan will never start a nuclear war. I am a pacifist, I am anti-war. I believe that wars do not solve problems. War has unintended consequences. Look at the war in Vietnam, Iraq, the wars caused other problems, probably much more serious than what it was originally fought for.

“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. If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom. I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom, when a nuclear armed country fights to the death, there are consequences.

“That is why we have approached the UN, and are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now, as this (Kashmir) is a potential disaster that will go way beyond the Indian subcontinent.

On India’s revocation of special status for Kashmir, he said that India had “annexed Kashmir illegally” and “unilaterally broken international laws”.

He also said that there was “no longer prospect of a dialogue” with India, though his country has downgraded diplomatic ties and snapped trade links with New Delhi since the latter on August 5 revoked Kashmir’s special status in order to integrate it into the rest of the country.

“There is not much we can do except approach international organisations” and also the “stronger countries” like the US, China (“which is supportive”), and Russia. “We are approaching all of them.” He also said that if the Kashmir issue is not resolved by the international community it could “impact world trade”.

Imran has in an opinion piece in The New York Times and earlier issued the threat of a nuclear war with India over Kashmir.

Asked about US President Donald Trump’s offer to intervene on the Kashmir issue, including his latest one this week, Imran said: “I am thankful to President Trump, the most powerful in the world. If he intervenes, seriously intervenes, it is one way you can guarantee some sort of resolution.” He also suggested the US could act indirectly on Kashmir through the UN Security Council.

At the August 16 UNSC closed-door session, the US, France and Russia backed India over its moves on Kashmir, while China supported close friend Pakistan.

During his August 26 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Biarritz, France, President Trump backed off from his offer to mediate on Kashmir, especially after Modi conveyed firmly that India does not want any third-party mediation on the issue. — IANS

Kashmir clampdown may go on Oct 31

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Many ’84 riots case files go missing from govt records in Kanpur: SIT

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NEW DELHI:Asserting that Hindi can play the role of lingua franca, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today pushed for having one common language in India to connect and unite the country.

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NEW DELHI: Nearly four months after he resigned as Punjab Congress president former Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar was today asked by the party to continue in his position.

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No kites, pigeon flying as China preps for 70th anniversary

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BEIJING: China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing as it prepares for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on October 1.

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