Friday 23 August 2019

Khan predicts rise in suicide bombings as Pakistan 'stands by Kashmiris'

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/AP
Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/AP

Ben Farmer

Pakistan's military will "go to any extent" to support Kashmiris, the army chief has said, while President Imran Khan predicted that there would be new suicide bombings in Indian-administered Kashmir after Delhi revoked the region's self-rule.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa said the military, which largely controls Pakistan's regional security policy, "stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end".

Residents of Indian-administered Kashmir were yesterday still under tightened security restrictions, with phones and internet cut after the sudden decision to abolish political autonomy in the disputed territory with a Muslim majority.

As Pakistan's parliament met to discuss the move, Mr Khan predicted that there would be more terrorist attacks in Kashmir like the blast that killed 40 paramilitary police in Pulwama in February.

"With an approach of this nature, incidents like Pulwama are bound to happen again," Mr Khan said.

Irish Independent

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