Pakistan to continue playing role to ensure regional peace: PM

Imran Khan warns of catastrophe if int’l community not stop India from oppressing Kashmiris

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to step in to avoid any serious situation in South Asia as Narendra Modi regime in India is pursuing an ideology of hate in the region.
Addressing an international conference titled ‘Margalla Dialogue ’19’ on Peace and Development in South Asia, Middle East, Central Asia (SAMECA) organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) here on Thursday, he said India is committing atrocities against the people of Kashmir to make them submit to its illegal acts in Occupied Kashmir.
He said that millions of people have been under siege in the Occupied valley for over one hundred days, where more than eight million people are living difficult lives, as there is complete communication blockade in the valley and youth is being picked up by the Indian troops.
The Premier said that with each passing day, it was becoming difficult for Modi to stick to his ideology. He said that like the Nazi Germany, a Hindutva ideology was gaining ground in India.
He further said that when the Nazi party came into power in Germany no one had idea where it was heading to and “today India is facing the similar situation”. He warned that if the international community did not intervene in the Kashmir conflict “there will be catastrophe as the two nuclear armed countries have come face-to-face”.
He said that one main lesson we have learned in the last four decades is that we must not ally ourselves with any country where we have to fight someone else’s war.
He said that Pakistan will no longer fight anyone else’s war and will only play a conciliatory role between rival nations as it has already suffered a lot due to its policy of joining foreign conflicts in the past.
“In the past, our governments thought that they would gain something by becoming a frontline state for some powerful country but we only gained foreign aid and in the end if we analyse the numbers, we lost far more than what we had gained,” he said, adding that Pakistan’s flawed decisions during the 80s and 90s were responsible for the problems the country is facing today.
Regarding Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said peace in that country is beneficial not only to Pakistan, but for the whole region, especially the landlocked Central Asian Republics. He said Pakistan is plying its role for peace in Afghanistan as there is no military solution to this issue and it should resolve politically.
Imran Khan also mentioned that Pakistan is also making efforts to ensure that there is no conflict in the region for which it is also reaching out to Iranian and Saudi leadership for forging tranquility among the brotherly Muslim countries.
The Prime Minister said, besides making efforts to ensure peace in the region, we are also opening up our country for investors, tourists, and other activities.
The prime minister praised Saudi Arabia and said that whenever Pakistan required help the kingdom had always come to its aid. He said that Pakistan’s importance could not be denied due to its strategic location.
“Pakistan has tried to resolve the dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” he said. “We have also mediated between Iran and the United States.”
Prime Minister Imran said that if Iran sanctions were lifted from Iran, the country could become a regional power.
“Iran emerging as an economic power could prove beneficial for Pakistan,” he said.
He cited the examples of both the United States and China on spending money and how it had impacted the two countries.
“We can learn from the examples of the US and China,” he said. “While one focused on spending billions on war, the other developed its infrastructure,” he added.

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