Imran Khan Defends His Kashmir Remark6 November 2011
Washington Bangla Radio
Srinagar: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has justified his remark that Indian troops would fail in Kashmir. In an interview to Times Now channel, Khan said: 'I don't think Indian army for 20 years or 700,000 troops in Kashmir is going to solve any problems. I think it's only going to produce hatred. It's counter productive. It's a solution. It probably means I might be a well wisher for India to actually say this. It doesn't mean I'm an enemy of India.' Sticking to his point, Khan said he has been proved right everywhere . 'I was against the NATO Army in Afghanistan. I've been proved right everywhere. I'm not anti-American. Most people in America today are against the military operations in Afghanistan. “But when I first started opposing the NATO operations in Afghanistan, people called me anti-American. I'm not anti American. I cannot ever be anti human beings or anti nation. So I always believe military is not the only solution,” Khan told Times Now. On Oct 31, Khan upped the ante on the contentious Kashmir issue saying that Indian troops would fail in the region. 'India will fail just like US forces failed in Afghanistan. Is Indian army more powerful than US forces?' asked Khan at a massive rally in Lahore. Addressing about 100,000 supporters of his party, he said if US is not successful how can India be successful in Kashmir. Attacking Indian government over human rights issues in Pakistan, Khan said India cannot succeed by deploying 700,000 troops in the region. Khan, whose party had failed miserably earlier in elections, is trying to revive his outfit taking on the government and other parties over corruption issues.