WASHINGTON: “Pakistan is ready to give up its nuclear program if India does the same,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan while giving the interview to Fox News during his maiden trip to the US where he met President Donald Trump.
“Nuclear war is not an option between Pakistan and India. The idea of nuclear war is actually self-destruction,” said the prime minister.
Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian military jets in February, a day after Indian warplanes intruded Pakistan airspace for the first time since a war in 1971, prompting leading powers to urge both of the nuclear-armed countries to show restraint. Tension had elevated since the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which over 40 Indian paramilitaries were killed in occupied Kashmir.
Donald Trump also offered to mediate the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
“I will say that we have a very good relationship with India. I know that your relationship was strained a little bit … maybe a lot,” Trump said. “But we will be talking about India, it will be a big part of the conversation today.”
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know,” the US president added.
In addition, Khan said: “The USA is the most powerful country in the world and it can play a very important role for peace in the subcontinent.