Imran Khan Raises Nuclear War Anew While Saying 'Pak Won't Nuke First'

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Harping over the possibility of a military confrontation between the two neighbour nations, Imran Khan has not said that Pakistan will not use nuclear weapons.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Harping over the possibility of a military confrontation between the two nuclear-armed nations, Imran Khan said that Pakistan will not use nuclear weapons first.

Addressing the members of the Sikh community in Lahore, the Pakistan Prime Minister said, "We both are nuclear-armed countries. If these tensions increase, the world could be in danger. There will be no first from our side ever."

"Nuclear war" claim

Imran Khan has been casually mentioning 'nuclear weapons' while ranting over Kashmir and the abrogation of Article 370. On August 27, the Prime Minister of Pakistan indicated of a "nuclear war" and the subsequent "global ramifications" over the ongoing conflicts between the two nations. 

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He said, "If the (Kashmir) conflict moves towards war then remember both nations have nuclear weapons and no one is a winner in a nuclear war. It will have global ramifications." "I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues," Imran Khan added.

Imran Khan's 'nuclear' concern

On August 18, Imran Khan raised his concerns over the "safety and security" of India's nuclear arsenal being controlled by "fascist" Modi government. The Pakistan Prime Minister further fearmongered how the issue impacts "not just the region but the world," despite the global community's assertation that Kashmir is India's internal issue and that the matter with Pakistan must be resolved bilaterally. 

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However, India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by Pakistan-based terrorists, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together.

Abrogation of Article 370

On August 5, India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Parliament further bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution is its internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Ever since the abrogation, Centre also placed mainstream politicians - NC leader Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, JKPC president Sajad Lone and others into detention, blocked communication, and deployed heavy military in the valley as a security measure. 

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