Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has admitted that in a conventional war his country could lose against India but it would trigger the nuclear war which would ravage both sides.
In an interview with Doha based TV Channel Al Jazeera, he raised the Kashmir issue and his country’s resolve to fight for Kashmir.
To a question on his issuing a nuclear threat to India over Kashmir, Imran told the channel: “There is no confusion. What I said is that Pakistan will never start a nuclear war. I am a pacifist, I am anti-war. I believe that wars do not solve problems.
“War has unintended consequences. Look at the war in Vietnam, Iraq, the wars caused other problems, probably much more serious than what it was originally fought for. But I am clear that when two nuclear armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war.”
“If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom. I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom, when a nuclear armed country fights to the death, there are consequences” he warned.
“That is why we have approached the UN, and are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now, as this (Kashmir) is a potential disaster that will go way beyond the Indian subcontinent.
On India’s revocation of special status for Kashmir, he said that India had “annexed Kashmir illegally” and “unilaterally broken international laws”.