Imran warns India against ‘misadventure’ in Pak

Imran warns India against ‘misadventure’ in Pak
Imran Khan (File)
Muzaffarabad, Aug 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/14/2019 12:54:02 PM IST

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday warned India against any “misadventure” in Pakistan, saying “miscalculation” on the part of New Delhi would elicit a “tit-for-tat” response from Islamabad, amid heightening tensions between the two neighbours following India’s move to revoke Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a special session of the “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” (AJK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad as Pakistan marked its Independence Day “in solidarity with Kashmiris”, Khan said: “We have information and we have had two National Security Committee meetings. The Pakistan Army has full knowledge that India has made a plan to take action in AJK.” 

“Like the action they took in Balakot after Pulwama, according to our information, they have made a more sinister plans now. To shift the world’s focus away from occupied Kashmir, they want to take action in AJK.” The cricketer-turned-politician in a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “... you take action and every brick will be countered with a stone. The Pakistan Army is battle-hardened and it is fully ready to respond to any violation by India. The entire nation is ready and stands alongside its armed forces.

“A Muslim never initiates war. We are ready to respond to any (misadventure) by India. Kashmiris are also battle-hardened and they have no fear. We will respond to whatever you do -- we will go till the end,” he said in the address.

Calling India’s move on Kashmir a “strategic blunder”, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief said: It will cost Modi and his BJP government heavily. I consider it a big miscalculation by Modi. He has played his final card.”  He said it was a challenging task to draw the attention of world leaders to the “human rights violations in occupied Kashmir”, Geo News reported.

“But now, the Kashmir issue is under the spotlight of (world media). By (clamping down further) on occupied Kashmir, Modi has in fact helped internationalise the dispute,” Khan said. “If a war breaks out, I’m saying this to the UN, you’ll be responsible... This is now UN’s trial. The entire Muslim world is looking at the UN (to play its role).

“The UN must listen to 1.5 billion Muslims who are looking up to the global body for taking action against India which has turned IOK into a prison for 10 million Kashmiris.”

“It is now up to Pakistan to highlight the issue. I’ll become the voice for Kashmir. I will now be the ambassador for the Kashmir issue around the world. I will take it up at every forum,” Khan said. 

In his Independence Day message, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said “there can never be a compromise on #Kashmir”. President Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and several Pakistani politicians also expressed “solidarity with the Kashmiris”, saying Pakistan stands “shoulder to shoulder” with them.

India’s Independence Day on Thursday will be observed as “Black Day” across Pakistan.

Pakistan summons India’s deputy High Commissioner over “ceasefire violations”
Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which killed a civilian. Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia and SAARC) and Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson, summoned Ahluwalia to condemn “the unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian forces on August 13 in Hot Spring Sector in which a 38-year-old man of Laychayal village was killed, the Foreign Office said. “The Indian forces along the LoC and Working boundary have continuously been targeting civilian-populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues,” Faisal said.
He said this unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India had been continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations.
He said the deliberate targeting of civilian-populated areas was deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws, the Foreign Office (FO) said.
Faisal said the ceasefire violations by India were a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.
He said the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions. India has maintained that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control (LoC).
Faisal asked the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary, the FO said. 

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