- Khan said that the actions taken by the BJP government in Kashmir contradict the Indian constitution, and also said that if anything happens in Kashmir, India blames it on Pakistan.
- “There’s a potential that two nuclear-armed countries will come face to face at some stage,” Khan warned.
- Khan would raise the issue again at an upcoming OIC meeting, and thanked Turkish President Erdogan for mentioning Kashmir.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has warned of a massacre and the threat of war over Indian-administered Kashmir. Khan has said that there are 900,000 Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, and warned of a massacre once a military curfew is lifted. He urged the international community to play its part in resolving the issue. “For 50 days, the people of Kashmir have been locked down by 900,000 soldiers,” Khan said.
Addressing a press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York, and Representative to the UN, Maliha Lodhi, Khan said that the actions taken by the BJP government in Kashmir contradict the Indian constitution. He also said that if anything happens in Kashmir, India blames it on Pakistan.
Referring to the February attack on the Indian-administered Kashmir region in Pulwama, Khan said, “in February, a boy attacked the Indian Army, Pakistan had nothing to do with the attack. The accusation was leveled against Pakistan even though we demanded proof from India.” He said, “eight million people in an open jail is unprecedented in this day and age. Khan added, “the biggest worry is what happens once the curfew is lifted? We fear with 900,000 soldiers there, there will be a massacre,” Khan said. “There’s a potential that two nuclear-armed countries will come face to face at some stage.”
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khan said that, he spoke to the Indian Prime Minister and told him that the problems of the two countries are the same, but all his efforts were ignored. Referring to the talks with world leaders on the Kashmir issue, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Khan said that the international community should play its role before time runs out because this is the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis that two nuclear powers are coming face to face. “Unfortunately, India today is governed by a racist, a Hindu supremacist. They do not consider Muslims as equal citizens,” Khan said.
He said that according to the resolutions of the Security Council, the territory of Kashmir is disputed and these resolutions give the right to self-determination to the Kashmiris and it is the responsibility of the United Nations to play its role in the situation which is present. “What possible benefit is Pakistan going to have now sending in terrorists when there are 900,000 security forces there? All that would happen is that there would be more oppression on the people of Kashmir,” Khan said.
He said that he would gather all the Muslim leadership in the OIC meeting, and that the only reason that Kashmiris are in trouble and they are Muslim. Khan said it is imperative on the Muslim world to take a stand, or else. Khan also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for mentioning Kashmir in his address.