Pakistan’s Khan warns Kashmir row could spill over into another war with India

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the ongoing dispute over Kashmir could kick off another conflict with India, and slammed the country for what he called “oppressive” policies in the contested region.

Speaking at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Khan spoke in grave terms about the situation in Kashmir and warned of the chances for a new war with India, Pakistan’s longtime regional rival, RT reported.

“I came out to New York only because I felt that unless we highlight what is going on in Kashmir, the world is not going to know,” the PM stated, adding that the dispute over the region creates “a potential that two nuclear-armed countries could come face-to-face.”

“This is the time for the world to act, before this goes too far, because this is the first time after the Cuban [missile] crisis that two nuclear-armed countries” would square off on the world stage, he noted.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, one in 1947 soon after the partition of India, and another in 1965. Pakistan currently controls a strip of the territory on its Western extremity.