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India's arrogance will blow up Kashmir into regional cfonflict: Imran Khan


Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday claimed that it is ready to respond to any "misadventure or aggression" by the Indian forces. The statement from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan came after he held a meet with the country's top civil and military leadership to discuss the tensions at the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan called the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting after the Pakistani Army alleged that India used cluster bombs to target the civilian population in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Indian Army has termed Pakistan's allegations as "lies and deceit".

The NSC meeting was attended by Pakistan's Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Interior Minister Brig (Retd) Ijaz Shah, three services chiefs, chief of ISI and other senior officials.

A statement issued by the Pak PM Office after the meeting said that Pakistan is "ready to defend itself against any Indian misadventure or aggression" and will continue to provide all out "diplomatic, moral and political support" to the people of Kashmir.

The meeting criticised "Indian actions which would have adverse implications for regional and international peace."

Pakistan reiterates that Kashmir is a long standing unresolved international dispute which needs peaceful resolution. Pakistan therefore urges India to come forth to resolve the issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, it said.

It said that the recent "buildup of forces" is adding "fuel to fire".

"The forum strongly condemned such Indian strategy at this time when Pakistan and the international community are focused on resolving the Afghan conflict," the statement said.

The recent Indian measures will increase the levels of violence and turn this area into a flashpoint and a destabilising factor in the midst of two strategically capable neighbouring countries, it said.

Pak PM Imran Khan claimed that India is totally disregarding international obligations and the country's "arrogance will only result in heightening the conflict dynamics in the region."

Imran Khan invited requested world leaders and international bodies to pay attention towards "irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behaviour" of Indian leadership.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Imran Khan said that it's time for US President Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

"President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken" by Indian forces, he said, adding that this has the "potential to blow up into a regional crisis".

Last month, Donald Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied Modi making any such request.

In another tweet, Imran Khan said the people of Kashmir "must be allowed to exercise their right to self determination according to UNSC resolutions."

"The only road to peace & security in South Asia runs through a peaceful & just settlement of Kashmir," he tweeted.

His government also sought support of the Opposition on tension with India.

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