Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is apprehensive of more military hostilities between India and Pakistan ahead of the April-May general elections. In an interview to the UK-based Financial Times, he said India is in grip of war hysteria whipped up by Narendra Modi led government.
“I’m still apprehensive, before the elections I feel that something could happen,” he maintained. He also blamed the “anti-Muslim government” in India and its heavy handed policies on Kashmir for Pulwama terror attack. He accused the Narendra Modi’s government of using the attack to build war hysteria and said Indian public should realise that Modi government is doing this for winning elections.
In fact, Opposition parties India tried to toe this line of argument following Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir and the airstrikes by Indian Air Force on Balakot terrorist camp in Pakistan. But in face of overwhelming evidence put out in the media, they stopped questioning the government fearing voters’ sentiment going against them.
Now few expect Imran Khan’s words to resonate with Indian public. He said “There’s Jaish-e-Muhammed in India, the boy who blew himself up, the 19-year-old boy, was a Kashmiri Indian boy. His parents said he was radicalised by some abuse by the security forces. So it was an Indian boy, Indian operation, Indian car, Indian explosives. Why was Pakistan blamed?”
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit’s role in the terrorist attack on Indian security forces on February 14 has been acknowledged and condemned by 59 countries. Jaish Chief Masood Azhar was to be declared a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, but for China support to Pakistan. However, several countries have put a freeze on Masood Azhar and Pakistan has been warned to take steps to curb flow of fund to terror organisations on its soil.
Now, his apprehension of military hostilities is intriguing.