Imran Khan said, re-establishing relations with India would be to ignore all their struggles and the martyrdom of more than one lakh Kashmiris.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (AFP-File Photo)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan does not want to insist on normalizing relations with India. Imran’s recent statement is pointing to this. Recently, the Pakistani PM ruled out the possibility of normalizing relations with India (India-Pakistan Relations). He said that to do so would be to betray the Kashmiris (Betrayal with Kashmiris). Significantly, the relationship between the two countries has been tense for a long time.
In an online live ‘question and answer session’ with the Pakistani people, Imran on Sunday asserted that re-establishing relations with India would be ignoring all their (Kashmiris) conflicts and the martyrdom of over one lakh Kashmiris. Imran said, ‘I tried with the first day of coming to power that our relations with India should be good and the issue of Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue.’ The Pakistani PM further said, “If relations with India are normalized, then it will be a big fraud with the people of Kashmir.”
Imran again reiterated the statement of special status
Imran said, ‘There is no doubt that our business relations will improve, but all their blood will be wasted, so it cannot happen. It is not possible that the improvement in our business is at the cost of their blood. He said, “Stalled negotiations between the two countries will continue only when New Delhi re-enacts the status of the special state given to Jammu and Kashmir.”
Article 370 removed in 2019
Let us tell that on August 5, 2019, India had abolished the status of special state given to Jammu and Kashmir by removing Article 370 (Article 370). After this, the state was divided into two union territories. In response, Pakistan suspended all business relations with India and diplomatic relations with New Delhi were reduced.
UAE mediating between India and Pakistan
However, earlier this year, reports surfaced that top intelligence officials from both countries endowed with nuclear weapons met in the United Arab Emirates in January. This was seen as an attempt to reduce the strained relations between India and Pakistan. Last month, UAE Ambassador Yusuf al-Otaibba in Washington confirmed that his country was mediating to maintain a happy and smooth relationship between India and Pakistan.
Relations were seen improving in the last few months
In February, Indian and Pakistani forces agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control (LOC). The world was amazed by this surprising move. A few days later, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the two countries should bury their past and increase cooperation among themselves. Last month, Imran and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wrote to each other for peace and cordial relations.
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