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Pakistan rejects talks with India, deploys SSG commandos in Gujarat’s Sir Creek

Islamabad, Aug 22 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he would no longer seek a dialogue with New Delhi and instead deployed Special Service Group (SSG) commandos of Army along the Sir Creek area in Gujarat, thus raising the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

 

The post where the SSG commandos have been deployed is known as the Iqbal-Bajwa.

“There is no point in talking to them (Indian officials). I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement. There is nothing more that we can do,” Khan told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday.

During the interview at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad, a day after he had a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump, Khan complained about what he described as “repeated rebuffs from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his appeals for communication” — both before and after the Indian government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking about heightening tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the cricketer-turned-politician said: “… You are looking at two nuclear-armed countries eyeball to eyeball, and anything can happen.

“My worry is that this can escalate and for two nuclear-armed countries, it should be alarming for the world what we are facing now.”

 

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