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Pakistan PM Imran Khan issues war threat

Islamabad | Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he will raise the issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly, after Pakistan failed to get international intervention.

In his address to the nation on the Kashmir issue after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, Mr Khan assured the people of Pakistan that his government will stand by the Kashmiris till India lifts the restrictions in the Valley.

He said that Islamic nations may be silent on Kashmir now but there will come a time when they will have to speak up.

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“I read in the newspapers that people are disappointed that Muslim countries are not siding with Kashmir. I want to tell you not to be disappointed; if some countries are not raising this issue because of their economic interests, they will eventually take this issue up. They will have to, with time,” he said.

He said that despite what everyone thinks, he has succeeded in getting the world leaders to talk about the Kashmir issue.

“We have succeeded in internationalizing the issue of Kashmir, we talked to world leaders and embassies. UN for the first time since 1965, convened a meeting on Kashmir issue. Even international media has picked it up,” the Pakistani prime minister said on Monday.

“I will tell the world about this, I have shared this with heads of state that I have been in contact with. I will raise this issue at the UN as well,” he said while referring to his scheduled address to the UN General Assembly next month.

He called the scrapping of Article 370 a “historic blunder”.

“This is the UN’s responsibility, they promised the people of Kashmir that they would protect them. Historically, the world bodies have always sided with the powerful but the UN should know that 1.25 billion Muslims are looking towards it,” he said.

Imran Khan talked about the nuclear capabilities of both the reigions and said that there are no winners in a war.

“if there is a war, then the world should remember that both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers. And in case of war, no one will win, but the world will be responsible as the effects of war will be felt by everyone.”

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