Pakistan won’t start military conflict with India: PM – Pakistan

LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday that both Pakistan and India are states with nuclear weapons and that escalating tension can threaten world peace, adding that Pakistan will never begin a military conflict.

He said the two countries were sitting in a time bomb that justified a joint strategy to solve serious problems of poverty, unemployment and imminent threat of climate change instead of talking about war.

“Shortly after assuming the post of prime minister, I decided to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and India and affirmed that if India takes a step forward, we will communicate with two steps. I spoke with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and advised him that the 72-year-old Kashmir problem could be resolved through dialogue, ”he said and regretted that the response was condescending.

Speaking at the closing session of the three-day International Sikh Convention at the Governor's House, the prime minister said that the turn of events over the past year saw India asking for various conditions as if it were a superpower and speaking with a country poor. , adding that war could not be a solution to any problem and those who sought this option were fools.

Imran urges the Sikhs to raise their voices against the oppression committed against Muslims in India

Noting that wars lead to more crises and problems than solving problems, Khan said those who tested the war option lamented for many more years.

He condemned the actions of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang) by killing and inhumanly treating Muslims in India, saying that no religion in the world allowed injustice and barbarism against innocent people, including women and children. He said the RSS was taking India to a point of no return through its totalitarian and racist ideology.

Khan also strongly condemned the 27-day curfew in occupied Kashmir to confine eight million cashmere in their homes without food and medicine and said Pakistan was trying to convince India to stop oppression against Muslims in India and held back to Kashmir.

He urged the Sikh community to raise their voices against the oppression and torture committed against Muslims in India and retained Kashmir. In welcoming the Sikhs to visit their holy places in Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib, the prime minister said that the Pakistani government would make the Sikh community completely available and offer multiple visas in due time.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Sarwar, said the prime minister had promised to create a Pakistan instead of two, where minorities could enjoy the same citizen rights.

He said that 90 percent of the work on the Kartarpur corridor project had been completed and that it would open in the second week of November, adding that the Sikh community would receive infallible security during their visit to the holy places.

Meetings, visit

Prime Minister Khan then met with a Chinese delegation of industrialists and investors at the Governor's House.

Previously, he chaired a meeting at the Secretariat of the Chief Minister to review police reforms and law and order, the establishment of areas to promote industrial development, climate change, environmental pollution, health reforms and the clean Pakistan campaign and green.

Prime Minister Khan visited the Air headquarters in Islamabad, according to a public relations press release between services led by APP. He was received by the Chief of the Air Staff, Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan presented an honor guard. He put a wreath of flowers on the Martyrs Monument.

The prime minister praised the role of PAF to ensure the country's air defense, especially the one shown in February this year. He also thanked PAF's contributions to the war on terrorism, various construction activities of the nation and the projection of the positive image of the country.

Foreign Minister Shah Memood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the Minister of Defense Production, Zubaida Jalal Khan, and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan , accompanied the prime minister during the visit.

Posted on Dawn, September 3, 2019



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