Islamabad: Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is “simply a deterrent” to protect the country and there will no longer be any need for it once the Kashmir issue is resolved, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said as he asserted that if the Americans have the resolve and the will, the issue can be sorted out.
“Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties, more than any other country by joining the American war. We cannot afford anymore military actions from our territory. We will be partners in peace, not in conflict.”
Asked whether Pakistan would allow the US Air Force to use its airspace for air strikes against the Taliban, the premier reiterated that Pakistan “would not be a part of any conflict”.
Asked to respond to his comments linking the incidence of rape to obscenity, Khan said: “It is such nonsense. I never said that […] I said the concept of purdah which is to avoid temptation in society.”
“If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on men unless they are robots. I mean, it’s common sense,” he said. If you have a society where people haven’t seen that sort of thing it will have an impact on them, he said. PTI