A Pakistani minister has reportedly predicted a “full-blown war between Pakistan and India likely to occur in the month of October or November” weeks after the abrogation of Article 370.
The Pakistani media quoted Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as saying that “a full-blown war between Pakistan and India is likely to occur in October or the following month.”
According to reports, Ahmed, while addressing a ceremony in Rawalpindi, said that the war with India will be the “last this time”.
He also slammed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for failing to put pressure on India.
“The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) would have held a plebiscite in Kashmir till now if it really wanted to solve the issue. We must stand with the people of the occupied valley and I will visit Kashmir once again after Muharram,” Pakistan media quoted Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as saying.
“Kashmir is on the brink of destruction due to barbarian and fascist Narendra Modi, and Pakistan is the only obstacle in front of him. Why is the rest of the Muslim world silent over the issue?” he said.
The purported remarks come weeks after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 of its Constitution and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Khan had said that the country was considering closing its airspace for traffic from India.
“PM is considering a complete closure of airspace to India, a complete ban on the use of Pakistan land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… Modi has started, we’ll finish!” Khan tweeted.
Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on July 16 removing the ban on Indian flights that were not allowed to use a majority of its airspace since the Balakot airstrikes in February.
Meanwhile, following the abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan had earlier this month closed its airspace partially, after its decision to downgrade diplomatic relations with India.
Three out of 11 routes between India and Pakistan were closed.
As tensions between the two nations escalated once again after Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution, Pakistan decided to downgrade diplomatic relations with India over the Kashmir move. It expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspended trade with India.
In a series of retaliatory measures, Islamabad suspended the Samjhauta Express and Thar Express services operating between Pakistan and India.
On August 14, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had termed India’s move to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir a “strategic blunder” and said that the move will cost New Delhi “heavily”.
A day after the Indian government abrogated Article 370, Khan had warned of “Pulwama-like incidents to happen again”.
Meanwhile, India has made it clear that the recent developments pertaining to Article 370 were “entirely the internal affair of India”.
India has also slammed Pakistan for the unilateral decisions taken in respect to the bilateral relations and urged the neighbouring nation to “review the steps taken so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved”.