Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reportedly claimed that India could face Pulwama-like attacks following the revocation of Article 370.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Tuesday (August 6) expressed apprehension that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which could trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India.
"This will be a war that no one will win, and the implications will be global," he warned while addressing a rare joint sitting of Parliament that was convened to discuss the Kashmir situation, a day after the Indian government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
India maintains that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and it includes Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister Khan explained how a war-like scenario could erupt in the middle of the current tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. He said Kashmiris would protest and India would launch a crackdown on them.
Khan said with this approach, "attacks like Pulwama are bound to happen again. I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back."
Khan said that his government would approach the world leaders and apprise them of the situation in Kashmir. "We will fight it at every forum including the UN Security Council," he said, adding that Pakistan also plans to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.
Khan said that he tried to improve ties and all neighbours, including India, but New Delhi refused to respond to his overtures.
Earlier, the joint sitting was marred due to differences between treasury and opposition over the language of a resolution against India.
After the start of the meeting, minister for parliamentary affairs Azam Khan Swati presented the resolution, condemning "violation" of the Line of Control (LoC) by India, but it did not mention the revocation of Article 370.
Opposition lawmakers staged a protest at the omission and threatened to boycott which prompted National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar to adjourn the session with the promise to reconvene shortly after amending the resolution.
The session was convened after four hours when Prime Minister Khan agreed to give a policy statement.
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Last Updated Aug 7, 2019, 4:31 PM IST