India sowing seeds of war with occupied Kashmir move: Pakistan army

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By Muhammad Luqman

The Pakistan Army has said that India is sowing the seeds of war with its illegal and unconstitutional revocation of occupied Kashmir’s autonomous status.

“The situation in Kashmir has become a big danger in the region…the Indian action in Kashmir is sowing the seed of war,”said Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor while addressing a news conference on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said the armed forces of Pakistan have strived to establish peace in the country and are playing their role for regional peace but a “befitting response” will be given to any false-flag operation staged by India.

Referring to Kashmir, he added that the valley is our jugular vein and “we will go to any lengths to protect it”.

“I want to give this message to Kashmiris that we stand by you and will continue to do so.”

“We have avoided escalation,” he added in regards to recent escalation with India over occupied Kashmir and elaborated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered the country’s eastern neighbour an olive branch soon after assuming power.

He added that India has continued to attack Pakistan and convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is an example.

“Nuclear countries have no room for war.”

Major General Ghafoor further said the region is in the midst of a power struggle involving global powers and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the path of India from Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision.

“India is a country with a huge population, a follower of Hitler is in power. The world community has interests in India.”

“Then there is China, an emerging world power. China has issues with India as well but their economic relations with India are stable. Afghanistan has seen nothing but war, martyrdom and loss of lives,” added the military spokesperson.

“We are playing a role in the Afghan reconciliation process. If peace is established in Afghanistan, our troops deployed at the western border will probably be removed,” said the army spokesperson while referring to the ongoing Afghan reconciliation process.

“Maybe India thinks that it can take action against us and that would weaken us. We want to tell India that wars are not only fought with weapons and economy, but with patriotism.”

The press conference by the army spokesperson comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan – which had reached a crescendo after Pakistan shot down Indian jets in February – following New Delhi’s unilateral revocation of Article 370. The occupied valley has suffered immeasurably during the last month as a stifling lockdown and communication’s blackout remains in place.

Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India and suspended all bilateral trade along with trains and buses which ran between the two countries.

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