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India will ‘disintegrate’ when Kashmir is free: Pak defence minister

india Updated: Sep 28, 2016 21:43 IST
Khawaja Asif

File photo of Pakistani defence minister Khawaja Asif at a military hospital in the eastern city of Sialkot(AFP)

Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that nuclear-armed India will “disintegrate” when Kashmir gains independence.

Asif said on Wednesday that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support to the people of the disputed Himalayan region.

Asif said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has tried to improve ties with India, but “we did not get a positive response from them.”

Tensions have been escalating between Pakistan and India, which blamed Pakistan-based militants for a recent attack on an army base in Uri that killed 18 soldiers. Since then, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will work to isolate Pakistan internationally.