War shadow still hangs over India, Pakistan: Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD: Tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi following Indian air strikes against a Jaish-e-Muhammed terror camp at Balakot inside Pakistan may appear to have de-escalated, but Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan remains fearful of fresh military hostilities between the two neighbours.
Khan was quoted by media as saying that India is in the grip of “war hysteria” following last month’s tensions that had brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of a major confrontation. “I’m still apprehensive, before the elections I feel that something could happen,” Khan told Financial Times in an interview in his office in Islamabad. The comments rule out the possibility of resumption of engagement between the two hostile neighbours in the immediate run.
Khan said shadows of war were still hovering over the two countries, alleging that his Indian counterpart — Prime Minister Narendra Modi — could go for “another misadventure” against Pakistan before the parliamentary elections begin in India.
Imran denied that Pakistan had any links with Jaish, the terror group that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama last month. According to FT, the Pak PM cast Modi as the aggressor for launching a missile strike subsequent to the suicide bombing that brought the two countries close to war.
“When the Pulwama incident happened, I felt that Mr Modi’s go nment used that to build this war hysteria,” Khan said. “The Indian public should realise that this is all for winning the elections, it’s nothing to do with the real issues of the subcontinent,” said Khan, blaming the Pulwama attack on what he called Modi’s “anti-Muslim” go nment and its “heavy-handed policies” in Kashmir.
“There’s Jaish-e-Muhammed in India, the boy who blew himself up, the 19-year-old boy, was a Kashmiri Indian boy,” Imran said. “His parents said he was radicalised by some abuse by the security forces. So it was an Indian boy, Indian operation, Indian car, Indian explosive. Why was Pakistan blamed?”
But Khan acknowledged that Pakistan could no longer allow terror groups to operate with impunity on its soil. “We cannot take the stance anymore where you have these armed groups in our country,” he said. “We can’t afford being blamed for any terrorist activity like Pulwama.”
Speaking to local journalists a day earlier, Khan had ruled out hope for improvement in relations with India at least until the upcoming general elections.
“Pakistan needs to be fully alert as threat by India is possible until their elections. The nation must not let its guard down,” he said.
TheLie Lama - India - 4 hours ago -Follow
As if these paki beggars and its tomatoless public and malnourished coward army can survive even an hour of blitz by IAF, INS and Indian Army...gwaaand me dum hai to aaja...rape kar denge like in previous wars and cricket matches...haha
unmesh desai - 5 hours ago -Follow
One more terrorist attack and Pakis are done.
R - 5 hours ago -Follow
If India is keeping Pakistan armed forces on heightened alert as Beggar PM Imran Khan is saying, then it''s good.
SP - 4 hours ago -Follow
Failed state & terriost sponsors don''t have a right to lecture India. We will strike again when it come to our motherland. Jai Hind!!!
失败的国家，恐怖分子的赞助者，没有资格教训印度。要是来犯，我们将再次出击。印度必胜! ! !
Aditya Pathak - 5 hours ago -Follow
He keeps talking about India Pakistan because he has nothing else to do. Pakistan business community doesn''t want to invest in Pakistan. Poor guy has no plan to revive his country. Desperate man only. Relax. Avoid the limelight given to him
Dude - Bangalore - 3 hours ago -Follow
Waaaa.... statements being made to drive people to vote for Congress friends...
Mohan K - Hyderabad - 4 hours ago -Follow
Just for the sake of the election, India has stopped its aggressive right towards Pakistan. Soon Modi get elected, see how our armed forces shall act with vigor
Rk - 4 hours ago -Follow
WAR ... ??? Cowardly mafia unit and their terror acts is WAR ?? Hahahahahah. Porkiiiis cant dare an OPEN WAR with Bangladesh let alone India !!
Pandey - 2 hours ago -Follow
Be alert don't sleep . But we in India are sleeping peacefully. The main factor being a single man called. Narendra Damodardas Modi.
Joel - goa - 2 hours ago -Follow
every Indian wants PM like Modhi character.
Jayant - 5 hours ago -Follow
Khangress ka agent.
himanshu mainali - 59 mins ago -Follow
Both Congressi and Pakistani army are having sleepless nights...Kahi Modi dubara PM naa banjayee...
HSF - Australia - 1 hour ago -Follow
A vote for Congress is a vote for Imran Khan. As to Imran Khan, Pakistani ISI officials and Pakistani national are being killed in encounters, those arrested confessed that they are Pakistanis and from JeM. Khan don''t tell lies, one more Paki attack, there will not be any Islamabad and Rawalpindi on the world map. Don''t push your luck. It is Modi PM, not MMS with a plate of biriyani or international moron, Italian looter.
Aaaa - 2 hours ago -Follow
Pakistan suffering from Modi phobia.
Narayan Pai - Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind - 3 hours ago -Follow
Elections or not, Indo- Pak relations will be determined from Rawalpindi/ Beijing rather than the ''shadow'' Govt in Islamabad. Let''s face the facts & ground reality. Imran is yet another puppet in the Pak army regimen, PERIOD
Jey Kumar - 1 hour ago -Follow
I guess Imran Khan also joined United opposition
m adhikary - 2 hours ago -Follow
Pakistan want Congress should come in power...they knew, if BJP in power, Modi will solve the Kashmir issue...
Main Bhi Chowkidaar - 2 hours ago -Follow
Relax......chowkidar will tell you before thrashing you !