Will raise Kashmir at the UN: Imran

Will raise Kashmir at the UN: Imran

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Islamabad, Aug 26: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday termed the Indian government's withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as a "historic blunder" and said that he would raise the issue at the UN General Assembly session next month.

In an address to the nation on television, Khan also accused India of trying to blacklist Pakistan at Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

He said the Indian Prime Minister had made a "historic blunder" by revoking Kashmir's special autonomy and in doing so "he has opened the way to Kashmir's freedom".

Khan also claimed his government had got information that India was planning Balakot-like operation to divert attention on the valley.

"We received information that they were planning a false-flag operation like what they did in Balakot, to divert attention from Kashmir," Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying.

He claimed Islamabad had succeeded in internationalising the Kashmir issue and added that the time had come for Pakistan's Kashmir policy to take a "decisive" turn.

Outlining his government's future strategy, he said he would henceforward act as "Kashmir's ambassador" and raise the issue at the UN next month.

"They (India) have played their trump card, they don't have any card to play now. Now whatever needs to be done will be done by us and the world," he said.

Imran Khan's address speech came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met at the G7 in France today, where PM Modi reiterated that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.

Earlier in the day, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information (SAPM) Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told media that the prime minister will issue a policy statement on Kashmir. (UNI)