After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan.
I wanted to normalise relations with India through trade and by settling the Kashmir dispute, the foremost impediment to the normalisation of relations between us.
On August 5, Modi’s government altered the status of Kashmir through the revocation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. The move is illegal under the Constitution of India, but more important, it is a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan.
And Mr Modi’s “New India” chose to do this by imposing a curfew in Kashmir and cutting off their phone, internet and local cable television connections, rendering them without news of the world or their loved ones.
The siege was followed by a purge: Thousands of Kashmiris including political leaders have been arrested and thrown into prisons across India.
If the world does nothing to stop this Modi’s assault on Kashmir and its people, there will be consequences for the whole world as two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation.
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