Nuclear shadow hovering over South Asia: PM Khan in NYT piece

Prime Minister Khan warns the world of a disaster to come if Indian aggression is not kept in check

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan penned an opinion piece in The New York Times on Friday, warning the world that a ‘nuclear shadow’ was hovering over South Asia.

Khan warned the international community in his piece that if the world did not intervene to check Indian aggression then it would bode disastrous consequences as ‘two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation’.

Khan warned that everyone had previously witnessed World War II due to ‘appeasement at Munich’. He said that this time again, the world was faced with the same threat.

“A similar threat looms over the world again, but this time under the nuclear shadow,” he wrote.
He wrote that India and Pakistan should both hold a dialogue on Kashmir. He stated that both countries should move out of ‘a zero-sum mindset to begin dialogue on Kashmir, various strategic matters and trade’.

Khan stated that the only way peace in the region was possible was if Modi reversed the revocation of Article 370 and withdrew Indian troops to the barracks.

“Evidently Modi had mistaken our desire for peace in a nuclear neighbourhood as appeasement,” he wrote. “We were not simply up against a hostile government. We were up against a New India, which is governed by leaders and a party that are the products of the Hindu supremacist mother ship, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or the RSS.”

He wrote that Pakistan has long viewed India’s ‘No first-use’ nuclear policy with skepticism and mentioned the veiled threat given by its defence minister a few days ago.

He stated that India was lobbying to get Pakistan blacklisted by the FATF which could drive the country towards bankruptcy and have disastrous consequences for its economy.