Modi-led govt has agenda to push Pakistan towards a disaster: PM Imran
In an exclusive interview with Al-Jazeera TV programme, the prime minister said after assuming office in August 2018, his government tried to start dialogue with its neighbour and sort out all differences including the core Kashmir issue through a political settlement, but they pulled back after realizing that Modi-led government had an agenda to push Pakistan into a disaster.
“No question of talking to Indian government right now after it revoked Article 370 of its constitution and annexed Kashmir illegally against the UNSC resolutions. They not only unilaterally violated the international laws but also its own laws,” he said, adding the UN resolution called for a plebiscite in the Occupied Kashmir, so that Kashmiris could determine their own fate, added.
The prime minister said the two countries had similar problems including climate change but their sincere urge for dialogue was misinterpreted.
“The BJP extreme right-wing, racist and fascist government was treating us as we were scared of them. They took our peace gesture as appeasement,” he added.
The prime minister said India was more or less conducting a genocide, a sort of racial attack against Muslims and minorities, never witnessed in the history after Nazi’s Germany.
About eight million Muslims in Occupied Kashmir had been under siege for almost six weeks now. The developments had made the region as a flashpoint as India could do anything as it did after the Pulwama attack to divert world’s attention from its illegal annexation of Occupied Kashmir and genocide of the Kashmiri Muslims.
They would try to blame Pakistan and could do what it had done in last February, and Pakistan had fears that such like incident could happen again, he added.
Clarifying a question, the prime minister maintained that there should be no confusion over his statement that Pakistan would never start a war.
“I’m pacifist and antiwar. I am clear about it,” he said, cautioning that if two nuclear-armed countries fought a conventional war, there was every possibility that it could end up into a nuclear conflict, which was unthinkable.
In that case, such a conflict would have far-reaching consequences going beyond the Indian sub-continent, he added.
If the international community failed to resolve the Kashmir issue, it would have impacts upon the entire world and the entire world markets, he emphasized.
The prime minister said they would approach all the international fora to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people and the illegal and unilateral steps taken by India. They must act now as the situation would have the potential to snowball into a disaster spilling beyond the Indian sub-continent, he reiterated.
The prime minister said they would be urging the world powers like the US, Russia and the European countries, to play their role in resolving the issue and mentioned that China had been very supportive to Pakistan.
About US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between Pakistan and India, the prime minister Khan said they were really thankful to him for his offer, elaborating that when US president seriously intervened in an issue, there would be some sort of resolution.
Secondly, if the US did not directly intervene, it had a role in the United Nations and the Security Council to exercise, he added.
India was stonewalling this suggestion because, it knew that once the international community was involved, it would insist upon implementing the exercise of the right to self-determination by the Kashmiri people, he added.
The prime minister, to a question, replied that during his upcoming UN General Assembly session, he would focus on the Kashmir situation.
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