Pakistani PM Imran Khan: No More Dialogue with Indian Officials

  • Tensions on the Line of Control dividing Pakistan and India-administered Kashmir are increasing day by day, with Pakistan claiming indiscriminate firing by India, killing three of its civilians and four soldiers.
  • According to news agencies, Indian authorities have also detained more than 4,000 Kashmiris during the month, but Indian officials say the situation is normal in the valley.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to the prime ministers of India and Pakistan over the phone last week.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has said that he has no plans to talk to India anymore because it is no longer useful. In an interview with The New York Times, Imran Khan said, “there is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,” Mr. Khan said.

Khan’s comments come at a time when strained relations between the two countries have worsened after India’s elimination of Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

Article 370 of the Indian constitution gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir—a state in India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and a part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947—allowing it to have a separate constitution, a state flag and autonomy over the internal administration of the state. The government of India revoked this special status in August 2019 through a Presidential Order and the passage of a resolution in Parliament.

Tensions on the Line of Control, dividing Pakistan and India-administered Kashmir, are increasing day by day. Pakistan has claimed indiscriminate firing by India, killing three of its civilians and four soldiers. It is said that 11 Indian soldiers, including an officer, have been killed in retaliation operations so far. Pakistan has also decided to take the issue of human rights abuses in Kashmir to the International Court of Justice.

On August 5, India abolished Article 370 constitutional provisions of special status to Kashmir, and imposed a security lockdown in the valley. Kashmir was cut off from the outside world after the incident, but two weeks later, where these links were partially restored, the ways of life in the valley are still suspended.

According to news agencies, Indian authorities have also detained more than 4,000 Kashmiris during the month, but Indian officials say the situation is normal in the valley. Imran Khan said, “most importantly, the lives of 8 million people are in danger. We are concerned that there is an ethnic cleansing and genocide in Kashmir.” He demanded that UN observers be given access to India-administered Kashmir so that the threat could be addressed.

The Pakistani Prime Minister also said in his messages on Twitter that he wants to bring the world’s attention to the problems of millions of Kashmiris who are facing violence and abuse and who are deprived of their basic rights and freedoms.

He said, “today, on the occasion of the first World Day of those who has been subjected to religious violence, we want to draw the attention of the world to the millions of Kashmiris who are facing humiliation and all those who have been humiliated by India.”

In his interview, Imran Khan also expressed concern that India could play fake action in Kashmir for militant aggression against Pakistan, but said that in this case Pakistan would be compelled to respond.

“Then you will see two countries armed with nuclear weapons eye-to-eye and then anything can happen.” Imran Khan said, “I am concerned that this may increase and the world should be concerned about what we are facing.”

Imran Khan is the 22nd, and current, Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is the leader of the centrist Pakistan Movement for Justice, and generally regarded as a populist and nationalist. Khan is also a former cricket star, who captained the Men in Green to their first, and only, victory in the 1992 World Cup.

It may be recalled that recently, India’s Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, said in a statement that his country was on the verge of not taking the initiative in the use of nuclear weapons in the event of a war, but in view of the situation in the future, it may be done.

The Pakistani Prime Minister’s interview comes at a time when US President Donald Trump has expressed concern over the Kashmir situation, and once again offered to act as a mediator to resolve the Kashmir issue. Trump also spoke to the prime ministers of India and Pakistan over the phone this week.

The US president told reporters in the White House on Tuesday that Pakistan-India relations have been bad for a long time, and this is a “dangerous situation.” President Trump said that “Kashmir is a very complicated place, there are Hindus and Muslims but I would not say that they are living well together.”

The US President also said that the prime ministers of Pakistan and India are currently facing a serious problem. “Both Prime Ministers are my friends, and both are very human beings, they both love their country but they are in a difficult situation, Kashmir is a serious issue that has been going on for a very long time.”

He also said, “we are doing our best to resolve the matter and I will do my best to play the role of mediator. I have a good relationship with both of them. This is a complex matter and there is a religion behind it. Religion is a complex matter.”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.


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