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    Imran Khan warns of possibility of conventional war with India

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    Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

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    Imran Khan has said there was no question of talking to New Delhi after it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said there was no question of talking to New Delhi after it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, as he warned about the possibility of a conventional war with India which could go beyond the subcontinent.

    "So that's why we have approached the United Nations, we are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now," he said.

    Khan said he "absolutely" believes war with India could be a possibility.

    "...this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent," Khan said.

    He said that Pakistan would never start a war.

    "I am a pacifist, I am anti-war, I believe that wars do not solve any problems," he told Al Jazeera.

    "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," he said.

    "If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, 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," he said.

    Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

    Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

    Khan claimed that Pakistan till recently had made attempts to open dialogue with India "to live as civilised neighbours, to resolve our difference [over Kashmir] ... through a political settlement".

    He alleged that India tried to blacklist in FATF (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 government is on an agenda ... to push Pakistan to disaster," says Khan.

    "There is no question of talking to the Indian government right now after they revoked this article 370 of their own constitution and they annexed Kashmir illegally against the UN Security Council resolution," Khan said.

    Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making "irresponsible statements" and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it.
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    7 Comments on this Story

    Suchindranath Aiyer408 days ago
    Imran wants to lead Pakistan to an overt disaster rather than continue its covert proxy war against India with its irregulars aka "Taliban" or students and practitioners of the Quran:
    Noname Just Indian409 days ago
    In another words he is saying that we will send terrorist and Indian will attack us.
    Iyer409 days ago
    What imran khan hides..
    A. That pakistan annexed POK areas by aggression, split GILJIT AND SOLD TO CHINA decades back. There are no special status in PoK. PoK has been without Attucks 370 equivalent fir decades.pakistanis buy and stay in PoK . Pok doesn’t have parliament Rep.
    B. In any case , Pakistanis talk of nuclear war, to invite ALLA TO bless them with illegal occupation of kashmir because it is muslim majority, but same alla should be silent in Afghanistan fir mischief of Islamic pakistan. ALLA should also keep quiet fir crimes against Muslims in baloochistan ,PoK , minorities across country.
    C.india has as much Muslims if not more than pakistan, have freedom of life, no Islamic dictat, they follow religion as personally decided.
    D. Pakistan military controlled PM Talks of nuclear destruction of pakistan and India , all for the sake POK which does not belong to them. KASHMIR a non issue for normal Pakistanis who are overwhelmed by not getting basic needs of economy , or constant nuisance by extremists and Islamic breakup groups...imran khan should convince pakistani military that there will be a chance fir pakistan to live. Honourably without PoK indeed.nuclear power doesn’t feed population. Or give social benefits. it can only be used by foolish military as a threat or blackmail. Suicide a philosophy and way of life for Islamic extremism reflected by pakistan government ,all Indian muslims in such a nuclear attackby pakistan , will be killed as well .Alla rejects
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