Home / International/ Pakistan PM accuses India of planning military action in Kashmir

Pakistan PM accuses India of planning military action in Kashmir


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00


Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, to mark the country's Independence Day — AFP

Islamabad/Karachi (Reuters): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning military action in the disputed Kashmir region that has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

India revoked the special status of its portion of Himalayan Kashmir, known as Jammu and Kashmir, on 5 August, and moved to quell widespread unrest by shutting down communications and clamping down on freedom of movement. 

Islamabad retaliated by suspending bilateral trade and all public transport links with India, as well as expelling New Delhi’s Ambassador to Islamabad.

On Wednesday, Khan travelled to Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, making his first visit to the region since becoming Pakistan’s leader in 2018.

In a speech, he told the region’s Parliament that India planned more extensive action than that of February, when its fighter jets struck inside Pakistan, following a dramatic escalation in tension between the rivals.

“They have made a more horrendous plan to divert world attention from their move in Kashmir, they plan action in Azad Kashmir,” Khan said, referring to the portion held by Pakistan.

“The Pakistani army is fully aware that they (India) have made a plan of taking action in Azad Kashmir.”

Khan also repeated comments comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, to the German Nazi Party.

Representatives of India’s armed forces and its foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Khan’s remarks.

Conflict zone

India rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, while Pakistan controls Azad Kashmir, a wedge of territory in the west. China holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from colonial power Great Britain in 1947. They came close to a third in February, after a deadly attack on Indian police by a Pakistan-based militant group resulted in air strikes by both countries.

India’s revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir blocks the state’s right to frame its own laws, and allows non-residents to buy property there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said old laws prohibiting people from outside Kashmir from buying property, settling there, and taking up government jobs had hindered its development.

Restrictions were lifted in five districts of Jammu and nine districts of Kashmir on Monday, India’s home ministry said, adding that security would be heightened for both countries’ Independence Day celebrations and Muslim Friday prayers.

In Islamabad, posters urged residents to express solidarity with Kashmiris and roadside vendors sold Azad Kashmir flags as well as the Pakistan flag commonly displayed on 14 August.

“Independence Day is an opportunity for great happiness, but today we are saddened by the plight of our Kashmiri brothers in occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are victims of Indian oppression,” Khan said in an earlier statement. “I assure my Kashmiri brothers that we stand with them.”

Pakistan has also said it will observe India’s Independence Day on Aug. 15 as a “Black Day” this year, with flags flown half-mast on government buildings in protest at India’s decision.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Roots of the crisis

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


What price reforms now that progress rules?

Friday, 13 December 2019

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


Assessment of fitness and propriety of directors and officers

Friday, 13 December 2019

In the early ’80s, a businessman turned financier from the hill capital started a public deposit canvassing drive by offering 20% interest per month. The depositors were offered on the spot payment of 20% as interest for the first month for their d


How to select top officials to public corporations

Friday, 13 December 2019

It is commendable that the President wants to select suitable decision-makers to public corporations without them being mere and ad hoc political appointments. However, the process thus far seems somewhat weak. Various people are complaining about th


Columnists More