Pakistan PM Khan visits Kashmir amid tensions with India



Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, on Wednesday visited parts of Kashmir controlled by his country amid simmering tensions with New Delhi, which has tightened its control over the Indian-administered parts of the disputed region.

Khan planned to deliver a speech to the regional parliament as Pakistan marked its 72nd Independence Day.

He was also expected to express solidarity with the Muslim-majority people of Indian-administered Kashmir, which has been on a tight security lockdown ever since New Delhi stripped the region of its special autonomy last week.

India’s decision to revoke a constitutional clause giving Kashmir autonomy had escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals, both of whom claimed Kashmir in its entirety.

However, Pakistan reacted by downgrading its diplomatic relations, halting bilateral trade and suspending cross-border transport links with India.

Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood-Qureshi, wrote a letter to the UN, calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India’s move.

Khan said that his country would stand by the people in Indian-administered Kashmir in their struggle for freedom.

He, however, condemned the world’s inaction to stop India from changing Kashmir’s status, a dispute he warned could trigger a nuclear conflict.

Pakistan President Arif Alvi, also condemned the Indian move and urged the international community to step in.(dpa/NAN)



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