Prime Minister Khan said normalizing ties with India would mean ignoring the Kashmiri struggle.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out the possibility of normalizing relations with India, saying the move would be a betrayal of cashmere.
In a live Q&A session with the audience on Sunday, Khan claimed that re-establishing ties with the eastern neighbor would be “ignoring his entire struggle.” [Kashmiris] and the more than 100,000 martyred cashmere ”.
“I tried, from the first day after coming to power, for us to have relations with India and for the Kashmir problem to be resolved through dialogue,” he said, adding that if Pakistan normalized relations with India, “India will now ‘make a major betrayal of the people of Kashmir.’
“There is no doubt that our trade will improve, but all its blood will be wasted, so this cannot happen. This cannot happen if our trade improves [the cost of] his blood, ”he said.
Stopped negotiations could only be resumed if New Delhi reverses the scrapping of the long-standing semi-autonomous Kashmir state administered by India, he said.
The Indian government led by Narendra Modi repealed Article 370 and other related provisions of its Constitution on August 5, 2019. In addition, it was also divided into two federally administered territories.
Simultaneously, it blocked the region, detained thousands of people, imposed movement restrictions and imposed a shutdown of communications.
Islamabad, in turn, suspended trade ties and degraded diplomatic relations with New Delhi.
Friday, the president of the United Nations General Assembly said nations with nuclear weapons it should “refrain” from taking measures that would alter the state of the controversial Himalayan region.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from the British government in 1947, with often strained relations between the two neighbors. Both India and Pakistan fully claim Kashmir, but govern separate parts of it.
Defrost in relationships
Earlier this year, reports emerged that top intelligence officials from the two neighbors with nuclear weapons met in the UAE in January this year to try to curb tensions between the two sides.
Last month, the Sent from the United Arab Emirates to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, confirmed that the Gulf state was mediating between India and Pakistan to help rivals with nuclear weapons achieve a “healthy and functional” relationship.
In February, the Indian and Pakistani armies announced a sudden and rare reaffirmation of a 2003 ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides the Kashmir region.
Days later, the powerful head of the Pakistani army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, called on the two archives to “bury the past” and move towards cooperation.
Last month, Khan and Modi exchanged letters calling for “peaceful” and “cordial” relations between the two neighbors.