‘What if India attacks’: Pakistan media’s coverage after surgical strikes

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan knocked the Pakistan-India standoff from the front pages of most Pakistani dailies after almost a week as the media focused on a new campaign by him against the government.

Khan’s threat to shut down the capital after Muharram received more space in the newspapers on Saturday when compared to India and the LoC violations.

The media also reported that Khan brought up the India-Pakistan standoff during his speech at a rally in Lahore on Friday. Khan said wars were not the solution to problems between the two countries and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed during a meeting with him that the two sides need to work together for peace.

Khan said Modi had disappointed people with his politics but he should remember that all Pakistanis are not “cowards like Nawaz Sharif” and knew how to respond to threats.

At the same time, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement at a cabinet meeting to assess the situation on the Line of Control was: “No one dare cast an evil eye on Pakistan.”

The Urdu Express newspaper headlined its report “India will not be allowed to create regional chaos”.

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