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Modi wants to go war because of elections, says Pakistan leader calling for unity on Kashmir


Islamabad, Feb 26: Mercury soared north on Tuesday after the Indian Air Force (IAF) targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps in Balakot in Manshera district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Islamabad responded strongly to the action with politicians calling for all-party unity against India.

Modi wants to go war because of elections, says Pakistan leader calling for unity on Kashmir

Former Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif from the PML-N delivered a fiery speech in the National Assembly on Tuesday condemning India. "Our country, our sovereignty, our integrity are being threatened. It is the need of the hour that we show solidarity with the Army," the veteran leader, who also sought a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, was quoted as saying by daily Dawn.

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He said that it is the time to bury political differences and convey the message that Pakistan's political forces are united when it comes to Kashmir.

Asif supported the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) call for a joint session saying that the Senate is in session and hence a joint sitting could be convened on Tuesday itself.

The leader also slammed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for inviting Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj as a 'guest of honour' at a session of the OIC foreign ministers' conclave in Abu Dhabi in March. He even sought Pakistan to boycott the meeting in protest to invitation to Swaraj.

'India not a weak country, can take more similar actions'

Senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah said Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan should have come to the National Assembly to give a message about Pakistan's unity.

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He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi only wants to go war because of elections, adding that they are behind the Pakistani Army.

"India is not a weak country and it can take more similar actions. If needed, the opposition parties will be at the borders with the armed forces. Pakistan has the ability to dictate India," Shah was quoted as saying by Dawn.

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