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War bells ring over Kashmir .. Islamabad warns, Beijing criticizes New Delhi


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Tuesday of a possible war between his country and India over New Delhi's abolition of a constitutional clause that would change the special status of the disputed Kashmiris.

Speaking at an emergency session of parliament in Islamabad to discuss the Indian decision, Khan said he feared Kashmiris angry at India's decision to launch an attack on Indian security forces, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan.

He added that if India responds by carrying out a military strike inside his country, it opens the possibility of war.

Imran Khan stressed that his country would resist the Indian move in every platform, including the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court. International.

He said that if the world did not act today, things would reach a stage he would not be responsible for, accusing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi of blatantly violating international law to achieve an anti-Muslim agenda in India.

Pakistan's parliament and Senate on Tuesday began an emergency session at the invitation of Pakistani President Aref Alawi to discuss the Indian move.

He considered a number of leaders of Pakistani parties - in press statements - Indian move to circumvent the UN Security Council resolutions that provide for a referendum in Kashmir for self-determination, and the cancellation of agreements between India and Pakistan.

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who cut short his pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia because of the crisis, wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accusing India of violating UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

Qureshi said India's announcement of the abolition of a constitutional article that changed the special status of Kashmiris reflected a hostile stance against Islamabad.

China has entered the line, calling India's abolition of a constitutional article changing the status of Kashmir "an unacceptable decision."

The statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the Indian side's decision was unilateral and reflected negatively on China's territorial sovereignty and violated international agreements.

The statement noted that Beijing would not agree to India's unilateral decision to change the legal status of Kashmir. "We have asked India to strictly comply with the agreements reached between the two sides and not to take measures that further complicate border issues."

The statement expressed China's deep concern over recent developments in Kashmir, calling on India and Pakistan to act with caution, find peaceful solutions to disputes and maintain regional peace and stability.

India's response to the Chinese position was not delayed. New Delhi informed Beijing on Tuesday that its move to abolish autonomy in Kashmir was an "internal affair."

"India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and therefore expects other countries to do the same," foreign ministry spokesman Ravesh Kumar said.

Source: aljazeera

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