Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to address nation on Kashmir shortly
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday addressed his country on Kashmir and said that Islamabad will go to any extent and if nuclear war happens, entire world will get affected. He said that Narendra Modi made a "historic blunder" by removing the special status of Kashmir and the move will help the state attain "freedom". After India's decision on Kashmir, Pakistan is leaving no stones unturned to internationlise the issue by raising it on global fronts multiple times. They even took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with the help of China, but failed miserably after the council refused to issue any statement and suggested bilateral route to resolve the issue. The address of Pakistani PM has come hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G7 Summit in Biarritz. In a presser after the meeting, Trump, who had earlier offered to mediate in the issue, said that Pakistan and India can bilateral resolve the issue. PM Modi also made it clear that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and New Delhi would not want to "bother" any other country in its resolution.
Highlights of Pakistan PM Imran Khan's address to country:
#06:24 pm: Imran Khan said that if the Kashmir issues goes to war, the world needs to know that both countries are nuclear power and the entire world will be affected. He added that Paksitan will go to any extent on Kashmir.
#06:22 pm: Imran Khan says, Prime Minister Modi has made a "historic blunder" by Jammu and Kashmir's special autonomy and in doing so "he has opened the way to Kashmir's freedom".
#06:20 pm: We are ready in PoK, says Imran Khan in an apparent refernce to Rajnath Singh's remark that any dialogue between India and Pakistan would be on Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
#06:18 pm: "On August 5 they sent additional military troops in Kashmir and announced that it was now part of India. This was against the vision of their founding fathers and UN resolutions. Modi made a big mistake." Imran Khan.
#06:16 pm: "First they had elections coming up, so we waited for that to be over, we thought when elections would be over, the situation will be different. Then Pulwama happened," says Khan.
#06:14 pm: Imran Khan: So we wanted to be friends with everyone.... When I came into power, I made many overtures for dialogue but there were always some problems.
#06:10 pm: Imran Khan in national address: When I came to power, we wanted to solve it and bring peace. India and we share many problems; inflation, poverty, unemployment and climate change, etc.