Amid conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Monday said, Pakistan will never ever start a war with India.
While addressing a Sikh community gathering at the Governor’s house, he said, “We will never ever start the war. Both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and if tension escalates the world will face danger.”
Adding, war is not a solution to any problem, he said, “I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues.”
Since the attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot by Pakistan-based terrorist in January 2016, India has not been engaging with Pakistan stating, that talks and terror cannot go together.
Early this year, tensions escalated between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. In response, the next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.
Last month, when New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, a new conflict arose between the neighboring countries. Following India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.
Recalling his previous telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khan said, “I told him that there are similar circumstances both in Pakistan and India. I told him about the climate change. We are sitting on a ticking bomb. If we do not address this issue (climate change) there will be scarcity of water (in both countries). I told him that we together can solve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.”
Expressing his frustration over “no response” from India for his efforts to talk to Pakistan, Khan said: “Whatever effort I made India was acting like a super power asking us to do this and not to do that (for talks). It was giving us dictation.”