- Title: India says Pakistan PM Khan's call for Jihad 'irresponsible' and 'provocative'
- Date: 4th October 2019
- Summary: PROTESTER HOLDING PLACARD READING: (English) "GO INDIA. GO BACK" PROTESTERS LISTENING TO SPEECHES MOCK-UP OF A MISSILE ON A VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 18th October 2019 17:28
- Keywords: India Pakistan Imran Khan UNGA Jammu and Kashmir Turkey Jihad
- Location: NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA/ LAHORE, PAKISTAN/UNITED NATIONS
- City: NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA/ LAHORE, PAKISTAN/UNITED NATIONS
- Country: India
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA005AZOKP5B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: India on Friday (October 04) condemned Imran Khan's statements on the issue of disputed Kashmir the Pakistan prime minister made at the United Nations General Assembly and termed it "irresponsible" and "provocative".
India stripped its portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir of autonomy and statehood on August 5, shutting off phone networks and imposing curfew-like restrictions in some areas to dampen discontent.
Khan told UN that there would be a "bloodbath" when India lifts its curfew in disputed Kashmir and that any all-out conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations would reverberate far beyond their borders.
"This kind of statement is irresponsible and provocative and we strictly condemn it. I feel that he does not have knowledge of how to conduct international relations," said Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar at the weekly briefing of the ministry in New Delhi.
Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, which have fought two of their three wars over the divided territory. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full.
Kumar also called upon the Turkish government, who had also raised the Kashmir issue at UN, to get a proper understanding of the ground situation on a matter completely internal to India.
India's crackdown as it revoked Kashmir's special status was accompanied by severe restrictions on movement, as well as disconnection of telephone services. Though New Delhi has eased some of the movement curbs, no prominent detainees have been freed and mobile and internet connections remain suspended.
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