Better chance of settling Kashmir if BJP wins: Imran endorses Modi
Islamabad, Apr 10:
Pakistan’s Premier Imran Khan has said he believes there may be a better
chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.
India will go to elections in seven phases beginning from
“Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) wins, some
kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” Khan told a small group
of foreign journalists in an interview.
He said other parties would be afraid of the right-wing backlash
in case of settlement on the Kashmir issue. Khan said Kashmir was the central
issue between the two countries.
Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide
bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed over 40 CRPF personnel
in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a
counter operation, claiming to hit the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot,
deep inside Pakistan on February 26.
The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21
in aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on
Khan has said that Pakistan was taking action against all
militants groups including the JeM.
Khan said that groups like the JeM were being disarmed under a
serious drive to eliminate militancy from Pakistan.
“We have taken the religious schools of these groups under
state control. It is first serious effort to disarm the militant outfits”,
Khan said action was taken because it was important for the
future of Pakistan. He also rejected the impression that Pakistan was compelled
by the world to take such an action.
He added that the Kashmir liberation movement was a political
struggle and there was no military solution.
Imran reiterated that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all
militant groups in the country and that the government had the full support of
the army for the programme.
The premier said if the polls turned against Modi in the next
few weeks, there was still a possibility that India could take military action
against Pakistan to boost his party’s election campaign.
“It is vital for Pakistan to have peaceful ties with its
neighbours, Afghanistan, India and Iran, if it was to have the kind of economy
needed to pull 100 million people out of poverty,” he remarked.
Earlier, Imran accused India and Israel of moral bankruptcy over
their election annexation pledges. He questioned whether the citizens of both
countries felt outraged at their leaders’ “moral bankruptcy” as they defied
international law to gain votes.
“When leaders in Israel and India show a moral bankruptcy in
their readiness to annex occupied West Bank and IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir]
in defiance of international law, United Nations Security Council resolutions,
and their own Constitution for votes, don’t their people feel a sense of
outrage and wonder how far they [the leaders] will go simply to win an
election?” he asked in a tweet.
Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand
the conservative Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an
ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion. Netanyahu
pledged last week to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins the
upcoming general election.
India goes to polls next week where BJP would be trying its
utmost to return with a thumping win while the main opposition Congress party
would attempt to deny Modi’s party continuity in the saddle and to win a
Opposition trolls PM
Pak officially allied with Modi: Cong; Bhakts scratching their heads: Mehbooba; PM will have to answer: Omar
Monitor News Desk
Srinagar, Apr 10: Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
was quoted as saying he sees a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP wins the national election, reactions poured in
from the opposition, which is often accused by the Prime Minister and the
ruling BJP of “speaking Pakistan’s language”.
Leaders from the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Jammu and
Kashmir politicians Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti seized the chance to get
back at the PM and the ruling party.
Imran Khan has said if the next government in India were led by
the Congress party, it might be “too scared” to seek a settlement
with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash. “Perhaps if the BJP – a
right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be
reached,” Imran Khan was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.
“Pakistan has officially allied with Modi! A vote for Modi
is a vote for Pakistan,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Sing Surjewala.
“Modi-ji, first Nawaz Sharif, now Imran Khan is your friend. The secret is
out,” he added.
“Why does Pakistan want Modi-ji to win? PM Modi, please
tell the nation how deep your relationship is with Pakitan? All Indians should
know that if PM Modi wins then crackers will be burst in Pakistan,”
tweeted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
“Pakistan mein macha shor, Narendra Modi once more (There’s
clamour in Pakistan for a second term for Narendra Modi)” Kejriwal said in
Omar Abdullah, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister,
attacked by PM Modi over his recent comments on a separate PM for the state
under the terms of accession, tweeted: “So much for Modi Sahib telling the
country only Pakistan and its sympathisers want BJP to lose. Imran Khan has
just endorsed him for a 2nd term”.
“Modi will have to answer that because it was Modi only
who, till now, was saying that Pakistan and militants want the BJP to lose, but
it has become clear today that it is the Pakistan which wants Modi to win again,”
Omar told reporters here.
His state rival Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the PDP and a
former BJP ally, remarked: “Bhakts scratching their heads & at wit
ends wondering if they should praise Imran Khan or not.”
Relations between Pakistan and India worsened dramatically in
February after a suicide bombing killed over 40 soldiers in Pulwama in Jammu
and Kashmir on February 14.
Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the
attack. Days later, India sent its fighter jets across the border to what it
claimed was a strike a militant training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. Pakistan
responded the next day by sending planes to target Indian military
PM Modi and the BJP’s re-election bid are seen to have received
a boost from a wave of patriotism after Pulwama and the government’s strong
Imran Khan, according to the Reuters report, said Islamabad was
determined to dismantle all Pakistan-based militant groups in the country, and
that the government had full support from Pakistan’s Army for the programme.