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Relations with India will be considered a “betrayal” of Kashmir: Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out normalizing relations with India, saying such a move would be a betrayal of the Kashmiri people.

Speaking in a live Q&A session with the public on Sunday, Khan said that rebuilding ties with his eastern neighbor would ignore “the whole struggle of them [Kashmir] and the more than 100,000 Kashmiris who were martyred”.

“I have been trying since the first day after I came to power that we have relations with India and that the Kashmir issue is resolved through dialogue,” he said, adding that if Pakistan normalized its relations with India now, it would be a “big problem”. one.” Treason will “represent” the Kashmiri people.

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“There is no doubt that our trade will improve, but all their blood was wasted, so this cannot happen. There is no way our trade will improve with their blood [price],” he said.

The pending talks could only resume if New Delhi revoked India’s longstanding semi-autonomous status in Kashmir, he said.

The Indian government, led by Narendra Modi, withdrew Article 370 and other related provisions from its constitution on 5 August 2019. It is also divided into two federal administrative areas.

At the same time, they surrounded the area, arrested thousands of people, imposed traffic restrictions and banned communications.

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