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PM Modi Made 'Historical Blunder' By Revoking Kashmir's Autonomy: Pak PM Imran Khan

Outlining his government's future strategy on Kashmir, Khan said: 'First, I believe, the entire nation should stand with the Kashmiri nation. I have said this that I will act as Kashmir's ambassador'.

PM Modi Made 'Historical Blunder' By Revoking Kashmir's Autonomy: Pak PM Imran Khan
In this file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers policy statement on Pulwama attack in Islamabad. (PTI)
PM Modi Made 'Historical Blunder' By Revoking Kashmir's Autonomy: Pak PM Imran Khan
outlookindia.com
2019-08-26T19:35:37+0530

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said if the current tensions between India and Pakistan lead to a war, one must remember that both the countries have nuclear weapons, adding "no one is a winner in a nuclear war".

In his address to the nation in which Khan at the outset mentioned he would only discuss the Kashmir issue, the Pakistan PM said he will raise the matter at every international forum, including the United Nations General Assembly, where he will speak later in September.

Khan assured the fellow Pakistanis that his government will stand by the Kashmiris till India lifts the restrictions in the Valley.

Outlining his government's future strategy on Kashmir, Khan said: "First, I believe, the entire nation should stand with the Kashmiri nation. I have said this that I will act as Kashmir's ambassador".

"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.

"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.

Khan claimed that Prime Minister Modi had made a "historic blunder" by revoking Kashmir's special autonomy.

Tensions between India and Pakistan soared after the latter abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, eliciting strong reactions from Pakistan.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

During Modi's bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France on Monday, the Prime Minister left no scope for any third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, saying the two countries can discuss and resolve all issues bilaterally and "we don't want to trouble any third country."

On his part, Trump said he and Modi spoke about Kashmir "at great length" on Sunday night and he feels that both India and Pakistan can resolve it on their own.

"We spoke last night about Kashmir, the Prime Minister really feels he has it (situation) under control. They speak with Pakistan and I'm sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good," Trump said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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