Imran Khan has vowed to ‘teach India a lesson’ after warning that military action from Delhi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir is imminent.
Speaking in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Independence Day, Khan said the army has ‘solid information’ that India will launch an attack in the region.
He claims a military offensive on Pakistan-administered Kashmir would be an Indian attempt to deflect attention from alleged human rights abuses in the areas of Kashmir under Delhi control.
Khan said: ‘The Pakistani army has solid information that they are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and they are ready and will give a solid response.
‘We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end. The time has arrived to teach you a lesson.’
Earlier this week, Khan lambasted the international community for failing to challenge India over Kashmir and said turning a blind eye to the spread of Indian Hindu nationalism was the same as appeasing Hitler, a comparison he made again on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, India’s crippling 10-day-old curfew in Kashmir will ease after Thursday, according to the state governor, but phone lines and the internet will remain cut.India
Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning the military action in the disputed Kashmir region, which has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
India revoked the special status of its portion of Kashmir, known as Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5 and moved to quell widespread unrest by shutting down communications and clamping down on freedom of movement.