Pakistan Army has again warned India that it has sown the seeds of war with Pakistan due to unilateral and illegal revocation of autonomous status from Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s banter against Indian PM Narendra Modi continued as its spokesman called India heading towards Hitler’s ideology.
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“The situation in Kashmir has become a big danger in the region…the Indian action in Kashmir is sowing seeds of war,” said Major General Asif Ghafoor.
Pakistan Army Spokesman – Asif Ghafoor added that the region is in the midst of a global power showdown as Indian PM Modi has changed direction from what Nehru had planned for India.
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Ghafoor further said the armed forces of Pakistan have strived to establish peace in the country and is playing its role for regional peace. “We have avoided escalation,” he added in regards to recent escalation with India over occupied Kashmir and elaborated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered the country’s eastern neighbour an olive branch soon after assuming power.
Kashmir is our jugular vein’
He said India has “indirectly continued to attack Pakistan”, an example of which he said was Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We are playing a role in the Afghan reconciliation process. If peace is established in Afghanistan, our troops deployed at the western border will probably be removed.
“Maybe India thinks that it should take action against us that would weaken us. We want to tell India that wars are not only fought with weapons and economy but with patriotism. “The Quaid-i-Azam’s vision and our belief is that Kashmir is our jugular vein.”
He recalled that there are United Nations resolutions on the conflict in Kashmir. “Recently Modi took an immoral step and repealed Article 370 of the Indian constitution. This is no longer a conflict of ideologies.”
He said Pakistan has been fighting a hybrid war for the past 20 years and considering the conflict spectrum, Pakistan’s options of response revolved around the economy, diplomacy, finance, intelligence, etc
“For the first time in 50 years, the UN Security Council held a session on Kashmir. The PM and the foreign minister have talked to several nations’ heads and foreign ministers. “Modi says he doesn’t want mediation. If you don’t want mediation, then what did you talk to [US President Donald] Trump about?” he said.
Thanking international and local media for effectively covering the oppression in Kashmir, he said the issue of Kashmir which was previously ignored by the world has now gained international attention.
“No step by Indian authorities that does not lead to the self-determination of Kashmiris is acceptable to us,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said. At the same time, he added, “Any isolated step by us that might take the attention away from Kashmir issue will be cruelty to them.
“Armies protect a nation’s sovereignty. When that is threatened, warfighting becomes a compulsion instead of a choice. It is up to India and the rest of the world.
“How can you think that we can do a deal over Kashmir? we have not agreed to do that in 72 years, why would we do that now?” the ISPR chief said.