Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

World War 3: Did Pakistan just threaten nuclear war with India amid Kashmir tensions? | World | News

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Khan said he was ‘anti-war’ and a ‘pacifist’ but his efforts to calm down the hostility were overshadowed by his damning condemnation of India and the potential for violence between the two countries. The Pakistani Prime Minister who was elected last year, was also asked about an “accidental war” ensuing as a result of the tensions, to which he says is a definite possibility. He said: “Pakistan would never start a war, and I am clear: I am a pacifist, I am anti-war, I believe that wars do not solve any problems. “[But] when two nuclear-armed countries fight, if they fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war. The unthinkable.

“If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice: either you surrender or you fight ’til death for your freedom, I know Pakistanis will fight to death for their freedom. So when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, to the death, it has consequences.”

Khan added: “Absolutely [an accidental war could happen]. What is happening is that India are more or less conducting a genocide, the sort of racial attacks on a population that hasn’t been witnessed since Nazi Germany.

“What India is trying to do is divert attention from its illegal annexation and their impending genocide on Kashmir, by blaming Pakistan for terrorism.”

Imran Khan has previously ruled out acting first on a nuclear missile front but mixed messages from Islamabad has made the government’s position slightly unclear.

India has placed a curfew and other restrictions on people in its part of Kashmir since downgrading the special status of the disputed Himalayan region on August 5.

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.

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 Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on India to lift curfews in the region which has been engulfed by violence for decades.

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Since then, around 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

The region is one of the most heavily militarised in the world, patrolled by soldiers and paramilitary police. Most Kashmiris resent the Indian troop presence and support the rebels.

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