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Monday, 16 September 2019 3.29 AM IST

"Modi cannot go back in this matter": Kashmir issue can be resolved only through war, says Pak diplomat

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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani diplomat has claimed that the Kashmir issue can be resolved through a "proxy war or a war" and not "diplomacy" even as Islamabad continues its rant over the matter ever since India recently removed the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.

Zafar Hilaly, who previously served as Pakistan's ambassador to Nigeria, Yemen and Italy, said even if UN Security Council (UNSC) members pressure Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian leader cannot do so due to "national interests."

"The question is how this issue will get resolved. I don't think that Modi will be forced to retract due to national interests. It is better for us to understand that this issue cannot be solved by diplomacy. We need to do something as this is unacceptable," he said.

The diplomat opined, "I believe that there are two options -- proxy war or war. Anyone thing can happen."

Ever since India announced its decision to do away with Article 370, a rattled Islamabad has escalated its virulent rhetorics against New Delhi by terming the move as "illegal aggression" and tried to involve the international community in the matter.

On Friday, the UNSC held a closed-door consultation on Kashmir. The meeting was called by China at the behest of Pakistan.

However, the China-Pakistan axis failed at the UNSC closed-door meeting when a majority of the Council members refused to take up the Kashmir matter and rejected the Chinese position.

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TAGS: ZAFAR HILALY, WAR, PROXY WAR, KASHMIR ISSUE, REVOKED ARTICLE 370, JAMMU AND KASHMIR
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