Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Kashmir: Imran Khan fires back at Modi and promises ‘fullest possible response’ | World | News

Khan’s defiant statement came on on the annual Defence Day remembrance which commemorates Pakistan’s soldiers who died in the 1965 war with India. Relations have grown increasingly aggressive between the two nuclear armed countries after India modified its constitution, repealing Kashmir’s special status. Article 370 granted the region autonomy, self governance and self identity – but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the legislation meaning the region is now split into two union territories.

The move has sparked outrage in Pakistan, making a resolution appear even further away in the region that has been the subject of political unrest since 1947.

Khan said: “I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity.

“We are prepared to give the enemy the fullest possible response.

“Failing, the world community will be responsible for the catastrophic aftermath.”

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The Pakistani leader has been on the diplomacy trail in recently, approaching nations such as the US and the UK to pressure India into retreat.

India have engulfed the region with troops imposing curfews and roadblocks.

Kashmir lost its right to frame its own laws and non-residents were allowed to buy property there in changes the Indian government said would drive development and pull the region into line with the rest of the nation.

Pakistan is not the only country seeking diplomatic ties.

Just this week Vladimir Putin and Modi struck a deal which sees them align their military operations and defence as well as a trade target of $30billion by 2025.

The Russian President has thrown his weight behind Modi, a potentially valuable ally over the Kashmir situation.

Modi said: “I have met Russian President Vladimir Putin when I was Gujarat CM. India’s ties with Russia have strengthened over the years.”

Putin said Moscow has been supplying the most modern weapon systems to India.

He noted: “Russia is an integral friend and trustworthy partner of India.

“You’ve personally focussed on expanding our special and privileged strategic partnership.

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