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Pakistan PM Imran Khan finally admits Balakot airstrike by Indian Air Force

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Has Finally Admitted That The Indian Air Force (IAF) Carried Out Airstrikes In Balakot.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 14 Aug 2019, 11:36:51 PM
Pakistan PM Imran Khan (File Image)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan (File Image)

New Delhi:

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally admitted that the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out airstrikes in Balakot which destroyed several terror training camps. He further accused India of planning a more deadly military action in the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

Addressing a special session of the PoK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad as Pakistan marked its Independence Day "in solidarity with Kashmiris", Imran Khan said, ''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 recent move in Jammu and Kashmir, they plan action in Azad Kashmir," the Pakistani PM said while referring to PoK. Khan, however,  warned that "The Pakistani army is fully aware that they (India) have made a plan of taking action in Azad Kashmir (PoK)."

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to become the voice of Kashmir and raise the issue at every global forum, including the United Nations, as he questioned the silence of the international community on the tense situation in the region.

Addressing a special session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad, Khan said that if a war breaks out between Pakistan and India, the world community will be responsible.

Khan, who was in Muzaffarabad to observe Pakistan’s Independence Day in solidarity with the Kashmiris after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, termed the Indian move as a “strategic blunder.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “committed a strategic blunder, he has played his last card. It will cost a lot to Modi and the BJP. Because they have internationalised the issue of Kashmir,” Khan said.

“The world’s eye is on Kashmir and on Pakistan...I will be the ambassador who raises Kashmir’s voice at every international forum,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi has defended the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status as a historic step to usher in a “new era”. He said Article 370 has yielded nothing but separatism, corruption, family rule and was used by Pakistan as a tool to spread terror in the border state.

Modi promised all round development, early and transparent elections and an end to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Whatever was done during the curfew by India, we will tell the international community that you are responsible. Whichever forum we get, I will be the ambassador and bring up Kashmir at every forum,” Khan said.

Prime Minister Khan said Pakistan had solid information that India was planning some actions in Kashmir and warned that his battle-hardened army was ready to give a befitting response to any aggression.

“Our information is that a plan more dangerous than post-Pulwama...has been prepared by India to take focus (away) from Kashmir situation. My message to Modi is that you take action and we will give a matching response,” he said.

“Every brick will be countered with a stone,” Khan said. “We will respond to whatever you do, we will go till the end...If you are thinking to teach us lesson, then listen carefully time has come that we will teach you a lesson,” he added.

“Our message to international organisations that were formed to prevent wars is that if this war takes place, you will be responsible,” Khan said.

It is not the first time that Khan has spoken about the possibility of war with India.

Last week, addressing a joint session of Pakistan’s parliament, Khan 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.

On Khan’s comments that India was trying to create a war-like situation with his country, the MEA spokesman in New Delhi last week said Islamabad was trying to project a panic situation to the international community.

“However, the international community does not think there is a war like situation. It is a ploy to deflect attention...It is time for Pakistan to see the new reality and stop interfering in internal matters of India,” he said.

The spokesman said time has come for Pakistan to accept the new reality and stop interfering in India’s internal affairs.

Khan claimed that the whole world, including the entire Muslim population in the world, was looking towards the United Nations.

“You will see the numbers in which the public will come out during the United Nations General Assembly in September,” he said, referring to the upcoming annual session of the world body.

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First Published : 14 Aug 2019, 11:36:51 PM