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Muzaffarabad, Aug 14: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan threatened India with war on Wednesday following the latter's decision to scrap Article 370 and divide Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

Khan, who was addressing a special session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on the occassion of Pakistan's independence day, alleged that the Pakistan Army has information that India is planning another attack similar to the one in Balakot.

"This will not stop in Kashmir — this hate-filled ideology will come towards Pakistan. We have information and we have had two National Security Committee (NSC) meetings. The Pakistan Army has full knowledge that India has made a plan to take action in AJK. Like the action they took in Balakot after Pulwama, according to our information, they have made a more sinister plan now," Khan was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

"To shift the world's focus away from occupied Kashmir, they want to take action in AJK," he added.

The former cricketer said that Pakistan will respond in case of an attack by India.

"This is my message to you: you take action and every brick will be countered with a stone. The Army is prepared; not just the Army but the entire nation will fight alongside our military. Aggressive war is against Islam, but when Muslims have fought for the sake of freedom, they have defeated the biggest armies," Khan said.

"We will be ready, we will respond to whatever you do — we will go till the end."

Khan blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its Hindutva ideology for attacks on Muslims in India and the BJP led government's current actions in Jammu and Kashmir.

"There is a terrifying ideology in front of us today — the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party's ideology, which Modi has been a member of from childhood. In this ideology, like with the Nazis, the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from India was also included. If you understand this ideology, a lot of things can be understood,"he said.

"Narendra Modi has made a strategic blunder. He has played his final card. They have internationalised Kashmir. It used to be very hard to speak about Kashmir. Now the world's eye is on Kashmir and on Pakistan. I will be the ambassador who raises Kashmir's voice," he added.

India's Independence Day on Thursday will be observed as "Black Day" across Pakistan.

News24 Bureau

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