Kashmir Issue: Imran Khan threatens situation like World War 2, this time under 'nuclear shadow'
Islamabad : After one week of issuing a statement that claimed Pakistan may opt for nuclear weapon against India, Pak PM Imran Khan has once again threatened saying World War II like situation is likely, but “under the nuclear shadow” this time.
Advertising In an Op-Ed article in the New York Times, Khan said: “With the nuclear shadow hovering over South Asia, we realize that Pakistan and India have to move out of a zero-sum mindset to begin dialogue on Kashmir, various strategic matters and trade. On Kashmir, the dialogue must include all stakeholders, especially the Kashmiris. We have already prepared multiple options that can be worked on while honoring the right to self-determination the Kashmiris were promised by the Security Council resolutions and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.”
“Through dialogue and negotiations, the stakeholders can arrive at a viable solution to end the decades of suffering of the Kashmiri people and move toward a stable and just peace in the region. But dialogue can start only when India reverses its illegal annexation of Kashmir, ends the curfew and lockdown, and withdraws its troops to the barracks,” he said.
“It is imperative that the international community thinks beyond trade and business advantages. World War II happened because of appeasement at Munich. A similar threat looms over the world again, but this time under the nuclear shadow,” he said.
On August 22, he had told NYT in an interview that under a situation of war between two nuclear powered nations 'anything can happen'.
Ever since India aborted the Article 370 of Indian constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan had been trying to make Kashmir and international issue. However, they were snubbed at the UNSC.
They also de-escalated the bilateral relations with India by suspending trade, partially closing its airspace, banning of screening Indian cinemas and halting Samjhauta and Thar Express train services.