ISLAMABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan has said standoff in Ladakh has not only further internationalized Kashmir issue but also exposed spinelessness of the Indian army. “This new development with China has exposed India’s cowardice. Even before this clash with China, their Army Chief had said that they do not want a two-front scenario because this would challenge their military,” the President said in an interview with an English language journal. He said that the Indian government had started appealing the diplomats on the very first day to come forward, and save India from a situation in which it may plunge into war with two hostile neighboring countries that is Pakistan and China. The AJK president said that when India had repealed two articles of its constitution related to Kashmir last year, China had not only opposed it, but it had also taken the Kashmir issue to the UN Security Council. “What is interesting is that when China opposed the revocation of Article370 and 35A last year, it took this huge step of taking the Kashmir issue to the Security Council. So you see this diplomatic alignment between China and Pakistan. It’s very visible, and it riled India, and it surprised many of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.,” he added. Sardar Masood Khan asserted that now that China had taken decisive action against Indian army at the Line of Actual Control (LOAC), you see the potential military alignment between China and Pakistan scares India. “The Indian Army whose history is full of repression against the defenseless people of Kashmir, Assam and the Indian Punjab, cannot fight on two-fronts war because it has never fought a war and are not battle-hardened.,” he added. “Hypothetically, if there was a war between India and Pakistan which did not escalate to the nuclear level, we would win hands down because of the terrain, because of the morale of the people and because of the sense of outrage at Indian actions in Kashmir.” He added that India should be under no illusion that it can win a war against Pakistan. It usually uses what I call “a fog of lies” to malign and demonize Pakistan and it thinks that this is its strength. “When you surround yourself with lies, you get these rude surprises like the one you got at the Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley. They also know their weaknesses. AJK President asserted that he is not advocating complacency but what he is saying is that we should be prepared: armed forces should be prepared and so should be the nation because Indians can start mischief which will be costly for India, Pakistan and China. Replying another question, Khan said India would not come to the table for talks on Kashmir with Pakistan. This is what Modi and his cohorts have said. So this is an absolute barrier. He went on to say that Pakistan and people of Kashmir would also not want to indulge in talks with India because of what they have done in Kashmir – they have changed the dynamics and perimeters of the area unilaterally. So we would also not sit with them around the negotiating table.
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