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Imran says he is anti-war but war with India likely

September 16, 2019

In an interview to Al Jazeera, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan talked about tensions with India and said that a nuclear war with India is a possibility after India took back the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

Khan also said that Pakistan could lose in a conventional war with India, and then "there could be consequences". But he also insisted that Pakistan will never start a nuclear war and he is "anti-war."

But I am clear that when two nuclear armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war. If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom. I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom, when a nuclear armed country fights to the death, there are consequences. - Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister

Khan has been upping the rhetoric against India since the Modi government nullified Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

At a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Khan said that the Kashmir situation will drive more Muslim youth towards terrorism and that people would rise against India. India maintains that the changes in Kashmir are an internal matter.

Last week, Pakistan had used the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session to target India and asked the UN body to ensure an end to restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. India accused the Pakistani leadership of promoting cross-border terrorism.

At the UNHRC, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accused India of turning Kashmir into the planet's largest prison. Khan also said that if the United States President Donald Trump intervenes on the Kashmir issue, that was one way to guarantee some kind of resolution.

Trump had earlier said he was willing to help" India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue if "they want".

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