Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that inaction over the Kashmir issue will lead to direct military confrontation.
Khan has written an opinion article for The New York Times on Friday where he said that the world cannot ignore Kashmir.
"If the world does nothing to stop the Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, two nuclear-armed states will get ever closer to a direct military confrontation," Imran Khan wrote.
Imran Khan has been critising the Narendra Modi-led government ever since the Indian government scrapped Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tension between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories (UTs).
Imran Khan, on India's move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, said, "On August 5, in its most brazen and egregious move, Modi's government altered the status of Indian-occupied Kashmir through the revocation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. The move is illegal under the Constitution of India, but more important, it is a violation of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] resolutions on Kashmir and the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan."
Communication and internet in Jammu and Kashmir made many headlines. According to security officials, internet services in Jammu and Kashmir are unlikely to be restored anytime soon as Pakistan has launched a campaign against India and is also trying to instigate Naga insurgents with provocative videos against the government.
Imran Khan, commenting on cutting off communication in Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370, said, "And Modi's 'New India' chose to do this by imposing a military curfew in Kashmir, imprisoning its population in their homes and cutting off their phone, internet and television connections, rendering them without news of the world or their loved ones. The siege was followed by a purge: Thousands of Kashmiris have been arrested and thrown into prisons across India. A blood bath is feared in Kashmir when the curfew is lifted. Already, Kashmiris coming out in defiance of the curfew are being shot and killed."
Imran Khan in his opinion article on The New York Times said that the dialogue between India and Pakistan has to involve Kashmiris.
"With the nuclear shadow hovering over South Asia, we realise that Pakistan and India have to move out of a zero-sum mind-set to begin dialogue on Kashmir, various strategic matters and trade. On Kashmir, the dialogue must include all stakeholders, especially the Kashmiris," Imran Khan said.
Reacting to Pakistan raising the nuclear issue frequently, the external affairs ministry spokesperson earlier this month noted that Islamabad would like to project a "panic situation" in South Asia.
"From their side, they would like to project a panic situation, the international community does not think there is a war like situation. It is a ploy to deflect attention," the MEA spokesperson said in New Delhi on August 9.
Imran Khan, in his article, also urged the international community that it is imperative that they "think beyond trade and business advantages."