India playing with fire to burn its secularity, says Pak President
ISLAMABAD, Aug 24: Pakistan President Arif Alvi has said that India is playing with fire by revoking the special autonomy of occupied Kashmir and the same fire will eventually "burn the secularity" of the Indian state, it emerged on Saturday.
In an interview with Canadian-American media outlet Vice News, the president said the Indian government was "living in a fool's paradise" if it felt that it could improve the situation in occupied Kashmir by revoking Articles 370 and 35-A of its constitution.
India, in fact, encouraged terrorism through the constitutional changes in Kashmir for which Pakistan was not responsible, he said.
Asked whether Pakistan was disappointed that no statement had been issued after the first United Nations Security Council meeting on Kashmir in decades, Alvi said a lot of background discussions on the situation took place and that the "Kashmir issue has been internationalised after a long time". He said India has ignored numerous Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and refuses to sit down with Pakistan to settle the dispute.
"For how long that will continue?" he said of the impasse in bilateral talks, stressing that a long time had passed since Pakistan and India entered into the Shimla Agreement of 1972. -DAWN