New York, Sep 27: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed his country has taken measures to dismantle all the militias, but New Delhi has not come forward to hold talks on the Kashmir issue.
'I feel that the world should realise this is a serious situation developing,' he told a predominantly-Pakistani gathering at the Asia Society here on Thursday night. ' This is just the beginning – the fact is that 8 million people are under siege for almost 52 days.'
Khan expected 'bloodshed' whenever the 'curfew in the Indian part of Kashmir was lifted.' According to him, there would be 'repercussions' that could go farther than Kashmir. The cricketer-turned-politician spoke at the New York-based Asia Society 11 years ago. But this was the first time he addressed the gathering here as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan, who lifted the World Cup for his country in early 1990s, entered politics 23 years ago.
Khan focused much of his hour-long speech on Kashmir. He said, 'I have spoken to leaders. I have made them understand. They might not be moving right now, but I feel that what the Modi government has done is boxed itself in by taking this step. I don’t think they had really thought about what they did. What is happening there now is a catastrophe.” Despite his claims and policies that don’t discourage militancy in his country, the Pakistani leader claimed he has had high respect for such leaders as Gandhi, Mandela and Jinnah.
Though Khan had earlier raised the possibility, he now said that 'we should do everything to avoid war.' He castigated the 'racist ideology' and slammed the notion that 'India is the land of Hindus.' 'Eight million people are under the occupation of 900,000 troops,' Khan said, referring to the people in Kashmir. 'In Assam 1.9 million people have now become stateless.'
According to him, the future of Kashmir should be decided by the people there in accordance with the UN resolutions. Khan, however, made no mention of either the Shimla Agreement or the Lahore Declaration, both of which emphasise that issues concerning both countries should be resolved only bilaterally. (UNI)