'Anything can happen when two nuclear powers come face-to-face'

Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the international community on Monday that anything could happen when nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India come face-to-face.

He was speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, where he spoke on a wide array of issues.

PM Imran said both Pakistan and India were plagued by poverty and climate change, adding that,”We must focus on combating these issues instead of fighting each other.”

PM Imran said he had telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to try to start a new chapter in bilateral ties but to no avail.

“I am more worried about India right now more than Pakistan as they not heading in the right direction,” he said.

Kashmir issue

The prime minister said the United Nations came into being to look into human rights situations such as that in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

“It has been over 50 days since eight million people have been cut off from the rest of the world,” he said, referring to the information blockade and curfew imposed by New Delhi in the Himalayan valley.

“The least that I expect from the international community is to ask them to lift the curfew. It’s inhumane..and a violation of every humanitarian right of the people of Kashmir,” he lamented.

He said the United Nations Security Council gave Kashmiris the right to self-determination.

War on terror

Speaking on extremism in the country, he said, “Look back in the 1980’s jihadis were hailed as heroes by the US for fighting the Soviet Union.”

He said first we create these groups and then we are demonised for doing so.

When asked if Pakistan allegedly gives sanctuary to terror outfits, he said “our country has made the biggest sacrifices in the war on terrorism…thousands of our citizens and security forces have been slain.”

The prime minister said that historically there is no way anyone can win the war in Afghanistan, adding that,”If you can’t win a war in 19 years then when will you…the only option left is a political settlement.”

Speaking on the talks between Kabul and Washington, he said, “This is a different kind of Taliban than before they are stronger now. It won’t be easy but it is honestly the only way forward.”

He said the Taliban would be unable to control all of Afghanistan and also want a peace agreement.

“It was painstaking for Pakistan to see US-Afghan talks fall short just before it was going to be signed,” he lamented.

PM Imran said he would discuss with US President Donald Trump why Islamabad was not apprised on the latest developments in the talks.

He said that the border with Afghanistan remains porous and it is difficult to keep a check on entry and exit.

PM Imran said that border fencing is now being done to stop terrorist elements crossing the durand line.

Chinese influence

When asked about how China has helped the economy, he said “China has given us a preferential trade agreement.”

Quashing fears that Chinese investment poses a threat to country’s sovereignty, he said, How can they infringe on our sovereignty, maybe they might say not to have good ties with the US.”

He said the China had never interfered in Pakistan’s foreign policy or  domestic affairs.

PM Imran Khan to meet US President Trump tomorrow

A peek at the mountains in Pakistan's northern areas

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