August 5, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the “irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behaviour” by India in the ‘disputed’ territory of Kashmir, with the country’s top civilian and military leaderships warning New Delhi’s crackdown was destabilising the region.
A report on Al Jazeera notes that Imran Khan was speaking at a meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee in the capital Islamabad on Sunday, following an escalating crackdown in Indian-administered Kashmir that has seen the deployment of thousands of troops, parts of the territory completely locked down, political leaders arrested and telecommunications cut off.
“PM [Khan] invited attention of world leaders and international bodies towards irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behaviour of Indian leadership,” said a Pakistani government statement.
“The recent Indian measures will increase the levels of violence and turn this area into a flashpoint and a destabilising factor in the midst of two strategically capable neighbouring countries,” it said.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the disputed northern territory of Kashmir, which both claim in full but administer separate portions of since gaining transfer of power from the British in 1947.
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