Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized India in the recent interview with the New York Time over the ongoing crackdown in Kashmir crackdown. PM stressed that he would no longer seek dialogue with Indian officials and raising the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
The interview with The New York Times journalists Salman Masood and Maria Abi-Habib has been published on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Imran 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”.
The premier also added that “There is nothing more that we can do”.
Pakistani PM further said that the lives of eight million Kashmiris are at stake, he said: “We are all worried that there is ethnic cleansing and genocide about to happen.”
Imran Khan has warned the international community that Pakistan would be forced to respond if India launched military action against his country.
He said India might launch a deceptive false-flag operation in Kashmir to justify action against Pakistan.
“And then you are looking at two nuclear-armed countries eyeball to eyeball, and anything can happen.
My worry is that this can escalate and for two nuclear-armed countries, it should be alarming for the world what we are facing now”, PM Imran Khan tells The New York Times.
According to the NYT article, Prime Minister Imran Khan has demanded that the UN peacekeepers and observers be allowed in Occupied Kashmir where India intends to carry out genocide of Muslim population.
According to NYT, the Indian government did not immediately respond to Prime Minister Imran’s comments. However, The Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla, has rejected the criticism.
“Our experience has been that every time we have taken an initiative towards peace, it has turned out badly for us,” he said, adding: “We expect Pakistan to take credible, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorism”.
He also claimed that things are going back to normal in the valley, “Restrictions are being eased based on the ground situation. Public utility services, banks and hospitals are functioning normally,” he said.
“There are adequate food stocks. Some restrictions on communication are in the interests of safety and security of the citizenry.”
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