PM Imran Khan says consequences of a nuclear war will be devastating
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan declared that Pakistan does not want a war, saying that Pakistanis belong to a nation that will fight to last drop of blood.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, the prime minister said that consequences of a nuclear war would be devastating. “Eight million Muslims in Kashmir are under siege for almost now six weeks. And why this can become a flashpoint between India and Pakistan is because what we already know India is trying to do is divert attention from their illegal annexation and their impending genocide on Kashmir. They are taking the attention away by blaming Pakistan for terrorism,” he added.
Asked whether these two nuclear countries are at risk of another major conflict, or even war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he absolutely believes war with India could be a possibility. “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,” he said.
But, he adds: “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 prime minister said that Pakistan has approached the United Nations. “We are approaching every international forum. They must act right now because this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent.”
He said that there is no question of talking to the Indian government right now after they revoked this article 370 of their own constitution and they annexed Kashmir illegally against the UN Security Council resolution which had guaranteed the people that they would be able to hold a referendum, a plebiscite, to decide their destiny. “So they have unilaterally not only broken international laws, but also their own constitution,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan: “We discovered that while we were trying to have dialogue, they were trying to push us in the blacklist in FATF [Financial Action Task Force] … If Pakistan is pushed into the blacklist of FATF that means there will be sanctions on Pakistan. So they were trying to bankrupt us economically, so that’s when we pulled back. And that’s when we realized that this government is on an agenda. The agenda is to push Pakistan to disaster.”
Asked about his government’s achievements after its first year in office, PM Imran Khan said: “We are already in a new Pakistan. This government has done things which no government has done before. But, as they say, Rome was not built in a day. When you start making these massive changes, reforms, it takes time. The time to judge a government is five years. The first year was the most difficult period, but from now onwards people will start seeing the difference the direction of the country is now right.”