Pakistan PM warns world of danger of all-out war over Kashmir
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the world of the danger of an all-out war over the disputed Kashmir region, urging the international community to intervene.
“If something goes wrong, it will have implications far beyond the subcontinent. India is going the wrong way and it is my duty to inform a forum that was set up after World War II to prevent a war from happening anywhere. Elsewhere, there is no danger of war like in Kashmir,” Khan said on Friday.
The disputed region of Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. The two countries have fought three wars over the territory.
Khan also said India has violated the UN resolutions by revoking the Muslim-majority Himalayan region’s autonomous status, adding that over 8 million innocent Kashmiris have been under siege since the plan was announced last August.
Since then, tensions have been soaring between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
After the decision on the special status, New Delhi dispatched thousands of additional troops to the Himalayan region, declared a strict curfew, shut down telecommunications and internet services, and arrested political leaders and pro-independence campaigners.
India’s behavior drew criticism from the people of Kashmir and Pakistan as well as human rights groups and the UN.
In the wake of the move, Pakistan expelled the Indian ambassador, halted bilateral trade, and suspended cross-border transport services.
India and Pakistan also exchanged heavy fire across the militarized de facto border in the disputed Kashmir valley.
The Pakistani premier further touched on India’s new controversial citizenship law that is widely considered anti-Muslim.
This is not just about Kashmir, he said, adding that around 20 million Muslims are in danger of being declared illegal.