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Imran Khan: No dialogue with India unless lifting curfew on Kashmir

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out dialogue with the Indian government unless it lifts the curfew on Jammu and Kashmir, part of the disputed region of Kashmir.

This came at a press conference held by his foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Islamabad’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maliha Lodi, on Tuesday evening, in New York.

Khan also warned of the deterioration of the situation in “Jammu and occupied Kashmir,” unless a concerted effort to resolve the crisis, according to the television “Geo News” Pakistan.

He said it was “useless to enter into talks with India unless it was decided to lift the curfew in Jammu and Kashmir,” which recently denied it autonomy after the abolition of an article in the Constitution.

Khan also expressed fears of a New Delhi genocide against Kashmiris, saying: “We do not know what will happen after lifting the curfew, we fear that genocide will be followed.”

“More than 8 million people are under severe siege in the region. What can be called non-state terrorism?”

The Pakistani prime minister expressed disappointment at the silence of the international community on the gross violations of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

He continued: There are eleven Security Council resolution recognizes Kashmir as a disputed area and is not an internal matter of India.

Earlier yesterday, US President Donald Trump said that if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan worked together to resolve the Kashmir crisis, it would be “wonderful.”

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors have escalated following the Indian government’s move to abolish Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

On August 5, India announced the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution, which has granted Jammu Kashmir autonomy for more than half a century, including domestic legislation.

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