Ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir may lead to conventional war, warns PM Imran
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday addressed joint parliamentary session at the Parliament House in Islamabad regarding ongoing Kashmir situation on Tuesday.
“If you do not have good relations with neighbours, it has bad consequences. India’s decision to affect the entire world,” Imran Khan said while talking about India’s repealing of Articles 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution. He warned that the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir could lead to a conventional war.
The joint session was held to discuss the repealing of Articles 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution, revoking Kashmir’s autonomy, recent surge in unprovoked firing and shelling on civilian population and use of cluster bombs by Indian forces in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, deployment of additional troops and atrocities in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and recent development.
PM Imran Khan said the Parliament should send the message that the nation was united. He said India should not misconstrue our peace efforts as our weakness. He said we returned Indian pilot after he was caught for we had no intention of war.
He said the ruling Indian party had created war hysteria prior to elections for victory in polls by running an anti-Pakistan campaign.
Imran Khan said people in India were saying today that minorities were not treated as equal citizens in the country. He said Pakistan on the other hand did not discriminate people.
He warned that Pakistan would respond befittingly if India tried to attack on its territory. “I have repeatedly said that we should resolve our issues through talks.”
The prime minister vowed to take up the issue of recent Kashmir situation at every forum including the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. He said the western world did not know exactly what was going on in Kashmir. “If they knew, they would never have kept silence over it.”
Imran Khan said India’s recent moves would see a severe indigenous reaction and it would be blamed on Pakistan just like Pulwama attack was done. He said India’s laws could not suppress movement of Kashmir’s independence.
He said Pakistan will contact UN Criminal Court against India’s revoking special status of Kashmir.
“We have only two options one is of Bahadur Shah Zafar and the second is of Tipu Sultan, and the believers do not fear death,” he said.
The Indian government on Monday announced to repeal the special status given to the occupied Kashmir under the constitution’s Article 370, which is feared to spark unrest in the disputed territory.
The announcement was made after massive deployment of additional Indian soldiers by the Indian government and thousands of tourists and Hindu pilgrims had been forced out of the Himalayan valley.
Educational institutes have been closed, public gatherings banned and internet and cellular services suspended indefinitely in the occupied valley. Mainstream and separatist Kashmiri leaders alike placed under house arrest, including former J&K CMs Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. Residents of the valley had stockpiled essential rations and fuel amid the security crackdown.