ISLAMABAD / NEW DELHI Calling struggle in Kashmir indigenous and even recognized by UN now, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not responding to his peace overtures and said that any war between two nuclear-armed nations would be "suicidal" for both nations.
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 towards and we shall take two. But India rejected Pakistan's offer for talks several times," Khan said.
Imran Khan also said that India would never be able to suppress the rights of the Kashmiri people.
Indian brutality in Kashmir in the last year has just been mind-boggling. They have been killing, shooting at boys, blinding them pellet guns. They have killed about 500 people in a year, he said.
He said the Indian brutality was alienating the people of Kashmir, but India was trying to blame Pakistan for this hatred. and also this hatred against India because while they kill people there is a reaction so what India is doing is palming off this reaction on Pakistan, he said.
Reiterating his call for dialogue to resolve all issues, Khan said that the struggle in Kashmir was indigenous.
..whereas now everyone recognises, even the UN recognises, it (Kashmir) is an indigenous struggle and the solution doesnt lie in brutality of your (Indian) security forces, he said, adding that the solution lies in dialogue.
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