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Pakistan’s Nuclear Threat: A War of Words

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan in a interview to an international media outlet said: So when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, to the death, it has consequences”. Mr. Khan in his August 30 opinion piece in the New York Times said: “If the world does nothing to stop Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, there will be consequences for the whole world as two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation. Similarly a senior minister in the Imran Khan government, Rasheed said Pakistan has atom bombs of smaller sizes weighing between 125 grams and 250 grams, which can be used to target India.

Ever since abrogation of article 370 which provided special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, Pakistan has issued multiple threats of an impending nuclear war with India. The step taken by Indian government to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has left Pakistan surprised and helpless. Now Pakistan is reacting furiously and is anxious to deal with Jammu and Kashmir’s new status. Pakistan has launched a ‘War of Words’ and is making all efforts to portray a wrong image of India by blaming Indian government of violating its own constitution for scrapping Article 370, detaining people of Kashmir, human rights violation, imposing a curfew and communication ban in the valley. It is leaving no opportunity to highlight the situation of Kashmir on the international forums and instigating own population to fight for Kashmir. Imran Khan proclaims himself as ambassador for the people of Kashmir. He called Modi regime to be fascist and projected the RSS ideology to be inspired by Nazi Germany.

Pakistan in United Nation

Pakistan continued with its rhetoric of nuclear war with India and threatened the world community of possible “Bloodbath in Kashmir” while addressing the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) and said “my main reason for coming here was to meet world leaders at the UN and speak about this. We are heading for a potential disaster of proportions that no one here realises,” Khan said. “It is the only time since the Cuban crisis that two nuclear-armed countries are coming face to face. We did come to face to face in February.” However there was any significant “reaction” from the world community during or post UNGA 2019 meet.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his controversial tweets, has repeatedly targeted India and highlighted nuclear threats. He is playing this nuclear card to hide the failure of his government in fulfilling the election promises and trying to divert the attention of its people from their internal issues to Kashmir. One of the Pakistan’s former Prime Minister once said his people would “eat grass, leaves or go hungry” if that is what it took to get nuclear weapons. Now that they have nuclear weapons they are using it as an instrument of blackmailing. The nuclear weapons and First Use Doctrine of Pakistan are meant to neutralize India’s conventional superiority and to deter India from a conventional response in any form. Pakistan considers its nuclear assets as the ultimate guarantee for its security and survivability.

Unlike Pakistan, India has set for itself high standard as a democratic secular country and responsible nuclear power. Indian government has always considered Kashmir to be its internal issue and has ruled out mediation by any other country in its relations with Pakistan. Indian ministers have said that the only point to be discussed with Pakistan is the return of the region that is under its control currently. Mr. Imran Khan talks about human rights violation in Kashmir but cannot explain why the size of minority in his own nation has shrunk in size from 23% in 1947 to 3% today. The Financial Action Task Force has put Pakistan on notice for its violations of more than 20 to 27 key parameters. Pakistan is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN. While Pakistan has ventured to upstream terrorism and downstream hate speech, India is going ahead with mainstream development in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has to reconcile itself with the fact that India is firm in its resolve to go ahead with its “Plan for Kashmir” and there is no “looking Back” and “nuclear war” rhetoric will ultimately make Pakistan isolated at world forum.

25 Oct 2019/Friday                                               Written by: Azeema

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