Imran Khan has vowed to ‘teach India a lesson’ after warning that military action from Delhi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir is imminent.
Speaking in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Independence Day, Khan said the army has ‘solid information’ that India will launch an attack in the region.
He claims a military offensive on Pakistan-administered Kashmir would be an Indian attempt to deflect attention from alleged human rights abuses in the areas of Kashmir under Delhi control.
Khan said: ‘The Pakistani army has solid information that they are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and they are ready and will give a solid response.
‘We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end. The time has arrived to teach you a lesson.’
Earlier this week, Khan lambasted the international community for failing to challenge India over Kashmir and said turning a blind eye to the spread of Indian Hindu nationalism was the same as appeasing Hitler, a comparison he made again on Wednesday.
Speaking in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Independence Day, Imran Khan has vowed to teach India a lesson
He claims an attack on Pakistan-administered Kashmir is imminent. India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol near the India Pakistan border fencing at Garkhal in Akhnoor, about 22 miles west of Jammu, India
Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning the military action in the disputed Kashmir region, which 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 August 5 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, making his first visit to the region since becoming Pakistan’s leader in 2018.
In the 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.
He used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning the military action in the disputed Kashmir region
Kashmiris walk past a blockade put up by residents to prevent security personnel from sealing a mosque ground ahead of the Eid-al-Adha prayers
‘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.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry also says it has summoned an Indian diplomat to protest the killing of a civilian by Indian fire in disputed Kashmir.
The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that a 38-year-old villager was killed Tuesday by an ‘unprovoked cease-fire violation by Indian troops on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.’
Leader of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir says his government will no longer recognize the decades-old Line of Control
The leader of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir says his government will no longer recognize a decades-old border after India stripped the portion of the disputed Himalayan region it administers of its statehood in a surprise move in Parliament last week.
The Line of Control was brokered to end a 1971 war between India and Pakistan.
Both claim Kashmir in its entirety but agreed at the time to respect the status quo that it was split between them.
Raja Farooq Haider says he will instead interpret the border as a cease-fire line, which if crossed by Indian forces would constitute an act of war.
However, without an army of its own, Haider’s government has no power to enforce the change.
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 Great Britain in 1947.
They came close to a third in February after a deadly attack on Indian police by an alleged 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 which is commonly displayed on August 14.
‘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 August 15 as a ‘Black Day’ this year, with flags flown half-mast on government buildings in protest at India’s decision.