Kashmir struggle indigenous: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not responding to his peace overtures and said that any war between the two nuclear-armed nations would be suicidal for them.
Kashmir struggle indigenous: Imran Khan
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not responding to his peace overtures and said that any war between the two nuclear-armed nations would be suicidal for them. He also said that the struggle in Kashmir is indigenous which "even the UN recognises now".

In an interview with Turkish news agency TRT World, according to his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, Khan again expressed his desire for talks with India.

He said that even a cold war was not in the interests of the two countries.

"Two nuclear armed countries should not even think of a war, not even a cold war because it could worsen any time. The only way is bilateral talks. Two nuclear armed countries at war is like a suicide", the party quoted him as saying.

He said India did not respond to his peace overtures.

India has been maintaining that "terror and talks cannot go together".

"India was offered to take one step and we shall take two. But India rejected Pakistan's offer for talks several times", Khan said.

He also said that India would never be able to suppress the rights of the Kashmiri people.

Khan said the struggle in Kashmir is indigenous which "even the UN recognises now".

In the exclusive interview, Khan hit out at India, alleging that it was being "brutal" in Kashmir.

"Indian brutality in Kashmir in 2018 has just been mind-boggling. They have been killing, shooting at boys, blinding them with pellet guns. They have killed about 500 people in a year," he said.

He said this "brutality" was alienating the people of Kashmir "but India is trying to blame Pakistan for this hatred".

"Now that everyone recognises, even the UN recognises, that it (Kashmir) is an indigenous struggle, the solution lies in dialogue, and not brutality," Khan said. 

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