Mumbai: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out the possibility of normalisation of relations with India, saying such a move would be a betrayal to the Kashmiris.
However, In a live Q and A session with the public on Sunday, Khan asserted that re-establishing ties with its eastern neighbour would be “Ignoring all their struggle (Kashmiris) and more than 100,000 Kashmiris martyred”.
“I tried, since day one after coming into power, that we have relations with India and the issue of Kashmir is resolved through dialogue,” he said.
Adding that if Pakistan normalised relations with India now, “it will be doing a major betrayal to the people of Kashmir.”
“There is no doubt that our trade will improve but all their blood will be wasted, so this cannot happen. This cannot happen that our trade improves at the cost of their blood,” he said.
However, After PM Modi government has revoked the Article 370 and 35 (A) from Jammu and Kashmir to bring development in the state, Pakistan has downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and then suspended bilateral trade.
Though Pakistan has been demanding to reinstate the special status of Kashmir India has been firm in its stand reiterating that no other country should interfere in India’s internal matters.
Imran Khan has even acknowledged that restoration of trade links with India would immensely benefit the Pakistans economy.
But, India has repeatedly said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the country is capable of solving its own problems.
Meanwhile, there has been some improvement when the two countries have agreed in February to restore peace on the Line of Control. It is said that the rival officials have been interacting through backchannel diplomacy to ease tension.