MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan warned India Wednesday that Pakistan was prepared to respond to any aggression in the disputed region of Kashmir, vowing the time had come to teach Delhi a lesson, reports AFP.
Khan’s remarks come as tensions skyrocketed between the nuclear-armed rivals following India’s surprising move to revoke the autonomy of its portion of the disputed Himalayan territory last week.“The Pakistani army has solid information that they (India) are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and they are ready and will give a solid response,” Khan said during a televised speech in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
“We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end.”
The former cricketer’s warnings of war represented a steep escalation in Pakistani rhetoric after Islamabad said last week that they had ruled out a “military option” over the dispute.
“The time has arrived to teach you a lesson,” Khan added in the speech marking the country’s Independence Day. Following Delhi’s move to abolish Kashmir’s special status, Pakistan has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at reversing the order and formally asked the United Nations Security Council late Tuesday to hold an emergency session to address India’s “illegal actions”.