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We have succeeded in internationalising the issue of Kashmir, claims Imran in national address

File Photo: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 26, 2019, 09.12 PM (IST) Edited By: Nikhil Pandey

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed his nation today as he sought to "internationalise" the Kashmir issue even as the UN said the repeal of Article 370 was India's internal matter.
 
"We have succeeded in internationalising the issue of Kashmir, we talked to world leaders and embassies. UN for the first time since 1965, convened a meeting on the Kashmir issue. Even international media has picked it up," the Pakistan prime minister said during the national address.

"If the conflict moves towards war then remember both nations have nuclear weapons and no one is the winner in a nuclear war and it has global ramifications," said Imran Khan in his televised address to his nation, adding, "superpowers of the world have a huge responsibility..whether they support us or not Pakistan will go to every extent."

Watch: PM Modi makes position on Kashmir clear; says Kashmir issue should be handled bilaterally

As the Pakistan prime minister spoke, the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told PM Modi at the sidelines of the G7 summit that the repeal of Article 370 was India's internal matter and no step has been taken by New Delhi that in any manner threatens regional peace.

PM Modi told the UN chief that terrorism was the primary threat and in keeping with that certain restrictions will remain in place in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure law and order is maintained.

Earlier during the day while in a meeting between PM Modi and President Trump on the sidelines of the G7 summit, the US president told the press that he had spoken to the Indian prime minister on the Kashmir issue while emphasising that PM Modi had the situation under control.

"They speak with Pakistan and I'm sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good," Trump added.

During the address, the Pakistan prime minister accused India of racism and painted Kashmir as a "religious conflict" while also taking responsibility for raising the Kashmir issue. Imran hoped that Muslim countries will back Pakistan at some point.

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Imran's speech came almost a couple of hours after PM Modi made it clear to the US president Trump that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.