Imran said again raised Kashmir rage, India-Pakistan relations will not improve without reinstating Article 370
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again sung the Kashmir melody. He said relations between Pakistan and India cannot return to normal until New Delhi withdraws its August 2019 decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a joint press briefing with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in Islamabad, Imran Khan said that the full potential of the region can be achieved only when the situation i
n Afghanistan is stable and there are better relations between Pakistan and India.
After back-channel contacts supported by countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the armies of India and Pakistan re-committed themselves to a 2009 ceasefire along the Line of C ontrol (LoC) in February. However, efforts initiated by Imran Khan’s government to resume normal trade relations failed due to his government’s opposition to the move.
Referring to Pakistan’s strained relations with India, he said, “Unfortunately, since their (India’s) unilateral decision on Kashmir on August 5, 2019 and in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions, It is very difficult for us to normalize business as it would be a betrayal of the sacrifice of the Kashmiri people.” “Therefore, unless India reverses that decision, our relations cannot improve,” he said.
Earlier too Imran Khan had said that Pakistan cannot normalize relations with India unless it reverses its 2019 decision to grant special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories. Gives. India has rejected Pakistan’s demands as interference in its internal affairs.
Khan further said, “If relations do not improve, it will be a loss for India, Pakistan and the whole of Central Asia as the entire region can be connected.”
Noting that Central Asian states can access Pakistan’s Gwadar port for trade, he said, “But if our relations with India improve, China is a party and Pakistan is in an important position to connect the entire region.” But it is all up to India. Take back the unilateral steps they took in Kashmir on August 5, 2019. Until they back down, the whole matter is stuck here.