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WorldPakistan PM accuses India of planning military action in Kashmir

15:06  14 august  2019
15:06  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning military action in the disputed Kashmir region that has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Pakistan PM accuses India of planning military action in Kashmir© AP Photo/Channi Anand In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol near the India Pakistan border fencing at Garkhal in Akhnoor, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Jammu, India.

India revoked the special status of its portion of Himalayan Kashmir, known as Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 5 and moved to quell widespread unrest by shutting down communications and clamping down on freedom of movement.

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Qureshi said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given his armed forces the green light for attacking targets both in Kashmir and Pakistan . And it is not essential that those targets would be limited to Kashmir So, a new talk of military action is going on there And a new message about a

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Islamabad retaliated by suspending bilateral trade and all public transport links with India, as well as expelling New Delhi's ambassador to Islamabad.

On Wednesday, Khan traveled to Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, making his first visit to the region since becoming Pakistan's leader in 2018.

In a speech he told the region's parliament that India planned more extensive action than that of February, when its fighter jets struck inside Pakistan, following a dramatic escalation in tension between the rivals.

"They have made a more horrendous plan to divert world attention from their move in Kashmir, they plan action in Azad Kashmir," Khan said, referring to the portion held by Pakistan.

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India and Pakistan have engaged in a military confrontation across the de facto border in Kashmir , a disputed region which is claimed by both countries and large parts of which are controlled by each

India and Pakistan have gone to war three times over Kashmir , most recently in 1999. Kashmir asked Delhi for assistance, signing a treaty of accession in exchange for the intervention of Indian Delhi accuses Islamabad of nurturing and assisting militant groups as a form of asymmetrical warfare

"The Pakistani army is fully aware that they (India) have made a plan of taking action in Azad Kashmir."

Khan also repeated comments comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, to the German Nazi Party.

Representatives of India's armed forces and its foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Khan's remarks.

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India rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, while Pakistan controls Azad Kashmir, a wedge of territory in the west. China holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from colonial power Great Britain in 1947, They came close to a third in February after a deadly attack on Indian police by a Pakistan-based militant group resulted in air strikes by both countries.

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Soon afterwards, Pakistan shot down an Indian jet in Pakistan -administered Kashmir , and captured its pilot. He was handed back to India days later. He insisted that Pakistan "cannot absolve itself of responsibility" for the militant car bomb in Kashmir . India has long accused Pakistan of giving safe

Qureshi said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given his armed forces the green light for attacking targets both in Kashmir and Pakistan . India 's Ministry of External Affairs said the claims were baseless, accusing Qureshi of encouraging Pakistan -based militants to attack targets in India .

India's revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir blocks the state's right to frame its own laws and allows non-residents to buy property there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has said old laws prohibiting people from outside Kashmir from buying property, settling there and taking up government jobs had hindered its development.

Restrictions were lifted in five districts of Jammu and nine districts of Kashmir on Monday, India's home ministry said, adding that security would be heightened for both countries' Independence Day celebrations and Muslim Friday prayers.

In Islamabad, posters urged residents to express solidarity with Kashmiris and roadside vendors sold Azad Kashmir flags as well as the Pakistan flag commonly displayed on Aug. 14.

"Independence Day is an opportunity for great happiness, but today we are saddened by the plight of our Kashmiri brothers in occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are victims of Indian oppression," Khan said in an earlier statement.

"I assure my Kashmiri brothers that we stand with them."

Pakistan has also said it will observe India's Independence Day on Aug. 15 as a "Black Day" this year, with flags flown half-mast on government buildings in protest at India's decision.

(Reporting by Alasdair Pal in Islamabad and Syed Raza Hassan in Karachi Editing by Paul Tait)

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