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Pakistan ready to give ‘fullest possible response’ to India over Kashmir

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Pakistan would make the fullest possible response to India’s actions in disputed Kashmir and the global community would be responsible for any “catastrophic” aftermath.

“I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity,” Khan said in a statement.

“We are prepared to give the enemy the fullest possible response. Failing, the world community will be responsible for the catastrophic aftermath,” he added.

This week Khan had said the war between the South Asian neighbours was a risk, but Pakistan would not act first. He has led a vigorous international diplomatic campaign seeking the support of the United States, former colonial power Britain and others to press India over the Himalayan region, but his Hindu-majority neighbour has ruled out outside involvement.

While speaking at a function in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said his country would never abandon Kashmir.

“We are ready to give sacrifice for our Kashmiri brothers, will fulfill our duty till last bullet, last soldiers and last breath,” he said in a televised speech. “And we are prepared to go to any extent.”

India flooded the Kashmir valley with troops, imposed curfew and cut off communication after withdrawing special rights for Kashmir on August 5.

Indian-occupied Kashmir lost its right to frame its laws and non-residents were allowed to buy properties.

The neighbours have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.