India and Pakistan going on a war could mean disastrous endings for many other countries. The world has always watched from a close distance, the developments between these two bitter rivals and for sure they have always managed to keep everyone up on their toes. Adding fuel to fire, both the nations are always locked in a political imbroglio.
In a new state of affair, Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan recently stated that it could lose in a conventional war with India which could then be consequential in view that the two neighbouring countries are nuclear-armed. In an exclusive interview to Al Jazeera, Khan said, “I am clear that when two nuclear-armed countries fight a conventional war, there is every possibility of it ending in a nuclear war. If I say Pakistan, God forbid, and in a conventional war, and we are losing, and if a country is stuck between two choices, either you surrender or fight to the death for your freedom.”
He also added, “I know Pakistan will fight to the death for freedom (and) when a nuclear-armed country fights to the death, there are consequences.” He said that it was in consideration to these consequences that Pakistan approached the United Nations and other international fora on the Kashmir issue. “So that’s why we have approached the United Nations, we are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now because this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent,” said Khan. Khan ruled out the possibility of dialogue with India in the aftermath of the country’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has downgraded its diplomatic ties and suspended bilateral trade with India as a way to remonstrate. It has been years now, since independence that the two nations have locked in the war of words regarding Kashmir. So much so the countries have also been to the brink of war in more than a couple of stances.
India has maintained that the move on Kashmir is its “internal matter” – a stance that has been supported by many countries – and asked Pakistan to review these decisions so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved. With the coming in of a more aggressive government in New Delhi led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the dynamic Amit Shah who holds the Home portfolio in Modi’s cabinet, it seems that Pakistan must be prepared for more such hard nuts to swallow.
The intimidation by Imran Khan may seem to be critical but with few to no nations backing it up in the global arena clearly shows Modi’s supremacy in diplomatic affairs and leaves Pakistan with nothing but to bite its own teeth. Even its closest ally China seems to be not interested in reacting to the Kashmir issue. However, such comments may be Pakistan’s last-ditch efforts to consolidate the small group its supporters in the valley. But it does not seem to be anything than a face saving measure for Pakistan.