Kashmir may provide spark for Pakistan-India nuclear war: US think tank

Published: August 25, 2019
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Pakistan Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP/FILE An Indian border guard stands near Indian and Pakistani flags during a fair at Chamliyal in June 2006. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Kashmir could provide the spark that lights South Asia’s nuclear fuse, warns a report by United States-based think tank Stratfor.

The report highlights the “specter of nuclear war” looming over tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India, which have spiked since New Delhi’s illegal revocation of Indian Occupied Kashmir’s (IOK) special status.

It states that the possibility of the conflict going nuclear increased after India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a veiled threat of nuclear war in the region.

Although Singh did not name any country, it is understood the threat was directed at Pakistan.

The report states that if Pakistan and India use nuclear weapons, it would be the first use in war since the US destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

It also disagreed with the view that Kashmir is “India’s internal affair” or even a “bilateral issue between India and Pakistan”.

The report mentions Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to protect the Muslim-majority IOK and seek support from the international community, including fellow Muslim leaders.

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The report also discusses Pakistan’s victory in February 2019 when its air force downed an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman.

It points out that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “did not acknowledge” Pakistan’s attempt to extend an olive branch when Islamabad returned the captured Indian pilot on March 1.

The report states that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 promised Kashmiris a plebiscite – the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution – which never took place.

According to the US think tank, the only way to save the world from nuclear war is by asking the Kashmiris what they want.

“The question is, what do the people of Kashmir … want? No one is asking them, but that may be the only way to save them, and the world, from nuclear war,” the report reads.

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  • khurram saeed
    Aug 26, 2019 - 12:44AM

    Kashmeeri people are demanding to get free from indian rules and india , they are demanding freedom ,and as there leader yaseen malik like to be to get separate from india and people of kashmeer like to be with pakistan . If world have any value of there all things which they’re invented after in many many years and don’t want to loose everything in Nuclear war then i suppose that usa or pakistan do some manipulation on this ,because if the war happens every nation is going to be destroyed and we all if few remains then finding themselves back to in STONE AGE WHERE YOU ALL HAVE NOTHING BUT STONES .I WON’T LET THAT HAPPENED AND I SHARE SOMETHING WHICH CAN SAVE EVERYONE.May allah helps us.Recommend

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