Dialogue with India only option for peace : Pak

April 19, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 329 Views
Dialogue with India only option for peace : Pak

Pakistan on Monday told the United States that dialogue with India was the only option for regional peace.
In a meeting with the US National Security Adviser Lt General H R McMaster here, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was convinced that all issues with India could be resolved through talks.
Sharif reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement “as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including the Kashmir dispute,” said a statement released by the PM’s office after the meeting.
Pakistan-India relations have been far from normal in the recent months.
In July a Kashmiri freedom fighter – Burhan Wani – was killed by the Indian forces.
This was followed by protests in held Kashmir and use of power by India to crush the demonstrators – dozens were killed.
In September, 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack in Uri, held Kashmir.
India blamed Pakistan for supporting the attackers.
Afterwards, there were skirmishes on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary as India showed aggression.
The tension is yet to cool down.
PM Sharif told General McMaster that Pakistan welcomed US President Donald Trump’s willingness to help Pakistan and India resolve their differences particularly on Kashmir.
He said that Pakistan was looking forward to forging a strong and mutually-beneficial partnership with the US to promote peace and security in the region and beyond.
Sharif reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful neighbourhood and apprised the US National Security Advisor of the steps taken by Pakistan to reach out to both India and Afghanistan.
He conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to work with the international community to explore ways in which the Afghan crisis can be resolved.
The prime minister also said that across-the-board consensus was achieved by his government to combat extremism and terrorism.
He said that structural reforms in the economy had laid the foundation of a moderate, progressive and democratic Islamic republic that was ready to do business with the United States and the world at large.
General McMaster assured the prime minister that the new administration was committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan, to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the wider south Asian region.

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