Imran hints N-war as a ‘consequence’ of Pakistan losing conventional war

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    • Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the spectre of a nuclear war with India once again over the Kashmir issue
    • Raking up the Kashmir issue, Khan said: “Eight million Muslims in Kashmir are under siege for almost now six weeks
    • He made these comments in an interview to Al Jazeera
    Pakistan won't start war or use nukes first against India, says Imran Khan
    (This story originally appeared in on Sep 15, 2019)
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the spectre of a nuclear war with India once again over the Kashmir issue while elaborating that this could be a “consequence” in the event of Islamabad losing a conventional war with New Delhi.

    In an interview to Al Jazeera that was telecast on Saturday, Khan reiterated that nuclear war between the two neighbours could be a possibility. “When two nuclear-armed countries fight, if they fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war. The unthinkable.”

    While emphasizing that he was clear that Pakistan would never start a war, Khan said: “I am a pacifist, I am anti-war. If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, (which) we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice: either you surrender or you fight till death for your freedom, I know Pakistanis will fight to death for their freedom. So when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, to the death, it has consequences.”

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    Raking up the Kashmir issue, Khan said: “Eight million Muslims in Kashmir are under siege for almost now six weeks. And why this (Kashmir) can become a flashpoint between India and Pakistan is because what we already know India is trying to do is divert attention from their illegal annexation and their impending genocide on Kashmir.”

    He accused India of drawing the attention away from the Kashmir issue by blaming Pakistan for terrorism. Referring to the suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama, he said: “And this is what they did last February when there was a suicide attack by a young Kashmiri boy, blowing himself up against an Indian military convoy, and India blamed Pakistan for it and then bombed us.”

    “So we fear that this will happen again because what they are doing in Kashmir will lead to a reaction, some sort of reaction, and they will then blame Pakistan for it to divert the world’s attention from the genocide in Kashmir,” he said. This, Khan said, was the reason why Islamabad was approaching every international forum, including the UN, “because this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent”.

    Expressing his disappointment over global response after India withdrew the special status accorded to J&K by Article 370, the Pakistan PM said: “Unfortunately, because of this whole thing about big markets, some countries look at big markets, they look upon India as a market of one billion people, they don’t realise that if they do not intervene right now, it will have consequences for not only the subcontinent but the world’s trade — everyone will be affected by this.”

    Khan said Pakistan had made attempts to open dialogue with India till recently, “but there is no question of talking to the Indian government right now after they revoked Article 370”.

    “We discovered that while we were trying to have dialogue, they were trying to push us in the blacklist in FATF (global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force) ... If Pakistan is pushed into the blacklist of FATF, that means there will be sanctions on Pakistan. So they were trying to bankrupt us economically, so that’s when we pulled back. And that’s when we realised that this (Indian government) is on an agenda ... to push Pakistan to disaster,” he said.
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    27 Comments on this Story

    lisa372 days ago
    Pakistan may be stupid enough to gp tp war with India. They may believe China will be their winning card however, i do not believe China is going to jump in all the way. I dont believe China is that desperate nor does China need to do that to take Pakistan. Once China gets its army in Pakistan, China will take control of Pakistan, get rid of the nukes and end the pakistan story being the hero by denuking a nutty, dangerous country while colonizing a billion people for themselves. That is China''s end game and she is playing Pakistan like a pro. Unfortunately, people in India will be hurt and killed by this game. China does not put a high value on life....
    St Mumbai372 days ago
    Of course, the ‘consequence’ of a nuclear exchange would be far more catastrophic than the consequence of Pakistan losing a conventional war. The people will suffer and even if he survives the N-war, Imran Khan will no longer be acceptable as PM. It is not that he does not know this. He also knows that it is not Vajpayee* or Manmohan Singh who is at the helm of affairs now, so the Indian retribution will be swift and sure. But Imran Khan is still hoping that he''ll be able to cobble up at least a token opposition to the scrapping of Article 370.
    (* Mr. A.B. Vajpayee passed away on August 16, 2018, due to age-related illness.)
    Lachhman Bhatia372 days ago
    Former Pak PM, Nawaz Sharief, had said waris no solution to Kashmir problem. Present PM,Imran Khan, says war, that too atomic war, is the only solution to this problem. Wonderful PM Pak has who wants annihilation of his country for Kashmir!
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