In a major sigh of relief for themselves, Imran Khan said that Pakistan will never start a war against India. Addressing the first International Sikh convention in Lahore he said his country would neither use nuclear weapons first nor initiate any military action against India in the wake of New Delhi’s scrapping of special status to J&K.
“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,” he said. “I do not believe that war can solve any problem. Whoever thinks that it can is not sensible. He has not read world history. If you solve one problem by waging war, you create four more.” “Everyone who has tried to solve problems by waging war has lost, even in victory. It takes years for a country to recover from the losses inflicted by war,” he added.
Earlier Imran Khan had threatened to “teach Delhi a lesson” and vowed to fight until the end against any Indian violations in disputed Kashmir. In some of his strongest words since Delhi revoked Indian-administered Kashmir’s special status last week, Khan said the army was preparing to respond to anticipated Indian aggression in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
“The Pakistani army has solid information that they [India] are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and they are ready and will give a solid response,” Khan said. However, isolated by the international community Pakistan is now slowly withdrawing itself.