New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Friday that there will be a “bloodbath” in Kashmir once India lifts the communication lockdown, and another Pulwama too.
He also sought to warn the world against a possible war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have already fought three wars over Kashmir.
“Kashmiris will be further radicalised. There will be another Pulwama and India will blame us,” he added, referring to the 14 February terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama this year. The attack was carried out by a local youth associated with the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
“Has he (Narendra Modi) thought through what happens when there is a bloodbath? They (Kashmiris) have been treated worse than animals,” Khan said in his address. “They have been boxed in their houses.”
Pakistan has been deeply critical of India’s decision to scrap Article 370, which gave Jammu & Kashmir a degree of autonomy. Since the provision was revoked and the state bifurcated into two union territories, the Valley has been under a communication lockdown with limited internet connectivity.
Khan, who dedicated 20 minutes of his 50-minute UNGA address to Kashmir, urged the multilateral agency to “not appease a market of 1.2 billion” but “stand up for justice and humanity”.
“What is he (Modi) going to do when he lifts the curfew? Does he think the people of J&K will accept that? The world has not done anything because India has a huge market. Sadly, material prevails over humans,” Khan said.
‘India may again come and bomb us’
Questioning the “silence of the world community”, Khan said 9 lakh military personnel were stationed in Kashmir, “so a bloodbath is inevitable once the curfew is lifted as people will come out on the streets, protesting against Article 370, and the soldiers would shoot them”.
He added that if another Pulwama happens, then India might again “come and bomb us” and that might be the beginning of a conventional war — a reference to India’s airstrikes on JeM terror camps in Balakot after the Pulwama attack.
“If a conventional war starts between the two countries, anything could happen … This has serious consequences. When a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, it will have consequences far beyond the borders,” Khan said, adding that the world community’s silence was forcing people in Kashmir to get “radicalised”. The world will face the consequences, he added.
Khan also said Pakistan was taking adequate steps to “dismantle” the terror network in his country. He claimed his government was the only one that had dared to take such action against terrorists.
He even invited UN observers to visit Pakistan and examine his claims.
He also said India had “illegally” scrapped Article 370 and violated the Simla Agreement of 1972.