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Pakistan ready to give fullest response to India says Imran Khan

September 8, 2019

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan said that while he does not want war, he is ready to "give the enemy the fullest possible response". Khan said this in the context of intense tensions with India over the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

In a message on the occasion of Defence Day, observed every year to mark the deaths of Pakistani soldiers in the 1965 war with India, Khan said Pakistan was facing a similar situation again, as the enemy was "again showing aggressive postures on the Line of Control" and changing the status of Kashmir.

In a separate message, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Bajwa called Kashmir "an unfinished agenda of the completion of Pakistan". He also said that the people and armed forces of Pakistan are "ready to sacrifice anything for their Kashmiri brethren".

Pakistani leadership have raised the pitch of their statements after India ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 and 6 August and split the state into two Union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan has said that the move is close to a warlike situation. India has said the changes in Kashmir were purely an internal matter and rejected Pakistan's stance.

For Pakistan, Kashmir stands as its jugular vein. Altering its status poses challenges to Pakistan's security and integrity. - Imran Khan, Prime Minister, Pakistan

Khan has accused India of unleashing a "reign of terror" on the Kashmiri people and has called upon the world community to take note of the "doctrine of hate and genocide and push India to stop it forthwith" and to "consider the safety and security of India's nuclear arsenal".

He said that "on our part, we as a nation are fully alive to any kind of misadventure by the enemy and will respond... 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".

Khan said Pakistan will continue to offer moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

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