• Fight  in Indian occupied Kashmir will hurt the territory's cause, Islamabad has promised to stand by the Kashmiris.
  • Indian authorities are waiting for “any excuse" to crack down in the Himalayan region PM to raise the issue at the UNGA.
  • They need an excuse," he said of Indian troops. “It will provide them an excuse for torture and barbarism.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned citizens Wednesday that anyone who goes to fight  in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) will hurt the territory's cause, as anger simmers between Islamabad and New Delhi over the disputed region.

Indian authorities are waiting for “any excuse" to crack down in the Himalayan region, he warned, promising again to raise the issue at the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Islamabad has promised to stand by the Kashmiris following the move and publicly accused India of carrying out a potential “genocide" in the region.

“If someone from Pakistan goes to India to fight… he will be the first to do an injustice to Kashmiris, he will be the enemy of Kashmiris," Khan said during a speech in Torkham, on the border with Afghanistan.

“They need an excuse," he said of Indian troops. “It will provide them an excuse for torture and barbarism."

Khan has held demonstrations across the country to protest the move and will highlight the issue later this month at the UN General Assembly in New York.