Unsettled Kashmir dispute can lead to nuclear confrontation: Masood Khan

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ANKARA: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that a war between Pakistan and India could be “nuclear Armageddon” and the whole world would be affected by it. “If there was a nuclear conflict between the two countries, 20 million people could die immediately,” Sardar Masood Khan said at a conference organized by Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). “Kashmir conflict should be resolved and peace should be established, we have no other options,” Khan added.

He stressed that Kashmir is the reason for a political and military conflict between Pakistan and India since 1947, and said a permanent solution would stop these conflicts.

“The conflict in Kashmir is not only related to politics, economy and geopolitics, but it is also a human tragedy,” Han said and suggested that the UN and neighbouring countries could contribute to the solution.

Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

 Later the president Masood Khan and an accompanying delegation paid a visit to the headquarters of Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s leading news agency, in capital Ankara. 

He was received by Metin Mutanoglu, Anadolu Agency’s deputy director general and editor-in-chief, and Mehmet Ozturk, the editor of the world languages department.

President Khan said the news agencies held a great responsibility regarding the Kashmir dispute, as the region was among “the least” covered conflict zones in the world.

Describing  the humanitarian situation in the conflict zone as “grim and gruesome”, Khan underlined that the global community should closely watch the ground developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the international community has the responsibility to address the “root causes” of the conflict to find a permanent solution.

He stressed a nuclear warfare between conflicting parties could lead to the death of some 20 million people in the region and a “nuclear Armageddon” could bring a nuclear winter that could put the globe under grave risk.

The president argued the government of India did not seek to find a solution to the crisis, saying India used the issue to influence local politics.

Mutanoglu gave a presentation regarding Anadolu Agency’s operations, objectives along with the organization’s structure and functioning worldwide. Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Pakistan’s ambassador to Ankara was also present at the event.

Earlier Khan attended a conference — titled Kashmir Dispute and Role of International Community — organized by Institute of Strategic Thinking in capital Ankara.