Tuesday , June 2 2020

Peace with India over Kashmir dispute to be tremendous for wider region: PM

imran khan interview with BBC

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that peace with India over the disputed territory of Kashmir would be “tremendous” for the wider region.

In an interview with BBC, he said the nuclear-armed neighbours could only settle their differences with dialogue.

He said if India had come back and then again attacked Pakistan, Pakistan would have no choice but to respond.

Asked what message he wanted to send to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his country, Prime Minister said that the Kashmir issue has to be settled and cannot keep boiling like it is.

He said the number-one task for the two governments is how are we going to reduce poverty and the way we reduce poverty is by settling our differences through dialogue.

Regarding the case of Asia Bibi, Prime Minister Imran Khan told the BBC that she would be departing the country very soon and she is safe.

He said there is little bit complication and he could not discuss it on media.

Earlier, Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence in January.

Meanwhile, talking to a group of foreign journalists, Prime Minister said perhaps if the BJP wins Indian Elections, due to start tomorrow, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached.

He said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan, fearing a backlash from the right.

Prime minister said Indian Muslims he knew who many years ago were happy about their situation in India were now very worried by extreme Hindu nationalism.

He said that the Kashmir liberation movement was a political struggle and there was no military solution.

Imran Khan reiterated that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all militant groups in the country and that the government had the full support of the army for the programme.

He said no previous government had done more to clamp down on terrorist groups than PTI.

Prime Minister said it is vital for Pakistan to have

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