US 'resolve & Will' Can Settle Kashmir Dispute: PM
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 06:20 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Kashmir dispute, which holds the 1.4 billion people of South Asia hostage, could be settled if the United States showed a 'resolve and will'.
"This festering can ease if the US has the resolve and will. This can be sorted out," he said in an interview with Jonathan Swan of 'Axios on HBO' aired on Monday.
Imran Khan said,"Almost 1.4 billion people in the Sub-continent are held hostage with one dispute of Kashmir", and the United States being a powerful nation of the world had a big responsibility in that regard.
The Kashmir dispute, he said, needed a settlement as per the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council that called for a plebiscite to let the Kashmiris decide about their own future.
"This is such a big issue in the Western world as why are the people of Kashmir ignored," he said, adding the Kashmir issue was "much more relevant" where 800,000 Indian troops had put the nine million Kashmiris in 'jail'.
"Why is this not an issue? This is hypocrisy," he said, referring to the apathy of the West towards the plight of Kashmiri people facing the humanitarian crisis for decades.
Asked whether Pakistan would like to welcome the Taliban into the comity of nations, he said, "As far as Pakistan is concerned, whoever is representing the people of Afghanistan, we would deal with them." Imran Khan categorically said that Pakistan would "absolutely not" allow any bases and use of its territory for any sort of action inside Afghanistan.
"Absolutely not. There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not," he said, in response to the question if he would allow the American government to have CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) conduct counter-terrorism missions in Pakistan against Al-Qaeda, ISIS or the Taliban.
To a question if Pakistan would allow the US to use its air space for strikes, he said, "Such an approach of the US [of airstrikes] did not work for 20 years. Why would it work again?" On "doing vastly better than the United States" on COVID-19, the prime minister said partial lockdown coupled with comprehensive data analysis helped his government keep the pandemic in control.
Smart lockdown was the "best decision" to cope with the situation, he added.
Imran Khan recalled that with the people in Spain and Italy ending up in hospitals as COVID-19 raged through Europe, there was a big temptation by the politicians from the opposition for a total lockdown. However, he said, he opted for smart lockdown given the problems of the poor.
He mentioned that an effective working of the Command and Control Centre with daily data monitoring and input by the provinces, army, doctors and health specialists helped the government handle the situation.