April 9, 2008 Special Dispatch No. 1865

Senior Pakistani Newspaper Editor: We Should Not Hesitate To Use Nuclear Weapons to Take Kashmir from India

April 9, 2008
, Pakistan, India | Special Dispatch No. 1865

In an interview on the Waqt television channel, that was published by the mainstream Urdu daily Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, senior Pakistani newspaper editor Majeed Nizami discussed Kashmir's importance to Pakistan, called it “the jugular vein” of Pakistan, and added that Pakistan should not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to take it from India.

Nizami is editor in chief of both Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt and the English daily The Nation, as well as managing director of the Waqt television channel. Nizami articulated his views in an interview on Waqt, and the interview was reported by Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt.

The following is a summary of and excerpts from the report of the interview. [1]

Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt quoted Nizami as saying: "It is better to die fighting than to die from famine. Kashmir is our biggest issue, and showing flexibility on this matter is tantamount to treason. Anyone who shows flexibility on the issue, I will consider a traitor."

Nizami noted that Pakistan founder M. A. Jinnah had described Kashmir as Pakistan's shah-e-rag ("jugular vein") because all water comes to Pakistan from Kashmir.

According to the report, Nizami said that U.S. think tanks are predicting that Pakistan will become another Somalia by 2018-19, and that India too wants to dismantle Pakistan. He said, "In fact, in 1947 itself [the year Pakistan was created

out of India] India planted the time bomb of Kashmir in our foundations."

He added that the U.N. resolutions about Kashmir should not be forgotten, and that "no matter what the United States says about it, we should wait no longer for Kashmir's independence.

"Nizami said that his Waqt TV was, like the entire Nawa-i-Waqt group, the torchbearer of Nazaria-e-Pakistan (the ideology of Pakistan) and stood for the Pakistan envisaged by M. A. Jinnah and Islamist poet Allama Iqbal.

He said, "The establishment of an Islamic welfare state in Pakistan is our objective, and to achieve this objective we will use Waqt television, like the Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper."

[1] Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt (Pakistan), March 8, 2008.

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