No point of talking to India: Imran

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/23/2019 2:33:05 AM

ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (Agencies): Pakistan will no longer seek dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rebuffed peace overtures, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, a charge rejected by New Delhi which has repeatedly asked Islamabad to take 'credible' action against terror groups to resume the talks.
Stepping up his criticism of India after it revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status early this month, Khan told The New York Times that he fears the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
"There is no point in talking to them (India). I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement," he said.
"There is nothing more that we can do," Khan said.
The NYT said it spoke to the Pakistan Prime Minister a day after he said he had spoken by phone with US President Donald Trump and told him of a 'potentially very explosive situation' between his country and India.
Khan also expressed concern that India might undertake a deceptive operation in Kashmir to try to justify military action against Pakistan. And Pakistan, he said, would be forced to respond.
"And then you are looking at two nuclear-armed countries eyeball to eyeball, and anything can happen," he said.
"My worry is that this can escalate and for two nuclear-armed countries, it should be alarming for the world what we are facing now."
Pakistan had sent its foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to China to seek its help at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), urging for an emergency meeting on the issue. However, four out of five permanent members in the United Nations did not support Pakistan contentions over India's decision.
Cash-strapped Pakistan has also alleged that India's decision of revoking the provisions under Article 370 will not only threaten the regional peace but also the world peace and further downgraded its diplomatic ties with its neighbour and suspended bilateral trade in the wake of it.
However, at the end of the UNSC meeting, last week, China and Pakistan stood isolated as members after others refused to endorse their position. Four out of five permanent members in the United Nations did not support the Pakistan contentions over India's decision.



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