Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

India vs Pakistan: Imran Khan says Pakistan will not use nuclear weapons first | World | News

Pakistan’s Prime Minister warned “the world would be in danger” if either of the nuclear-armed countries launched their weapons. When addressing members of the Sikh religious community in the eastern city of Lahore today, Mr Khan said: “We both are nuclear-armed countries.

“If these tensions increase, the world could be in danger.

“There will be no first from our side ever.”

But the foreign ministry’s spokesman said on Twitter that the comments were being taken out of context and did not represent a change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy.

Mohammad Faisal said on his official Twitter account: “PM was simply reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to peace and the need for both nuclear states to demonstrate responsible behaviour.”

Tensions are still high in Kashmir after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw special rights for the Muslim-majority state on August 5.

Security forces were recently forced to use tear gas against protesters throwing stones and the valley remains under lockdown.

By taking away the special status of Indian-controlled Kashmir, New Delhi blocked the region’s right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.

Delhi said the change would help Kashmir’s development.

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“I told him about the climate change. We are sitting on a ticking bomb. If we do not address this issue (climate change) there will be scarcity of water (in both countries).

“I told him that we together can solve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.”

Mr Khan also expressed his frustration at getting “no response” from India.

He said: “Whatever effort I made India was acting like a super power asking us to do this and not to do that (for talks). It was giving us dictation.”

Kashmir has been an issue between India and Pakistan for many years.

Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while also claiming it in full.

Two of the three wars they have fought have been over it.

Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan earlier this year after a suicide bomber from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The Indian Air Forcethen carried out a counter-terror operation and hit the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26.

The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and shot down a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an Indian pilot.

He was handed over to India on March 1.

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