PM Shehbaz asks Modi to hold talks and resolve Kashmir issue
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold serious and sincere talks to resolve Kashmir and other issues.
PM Shehbaz, in an interview with Al Arabiya news channel, said, “My message to the Indian leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that let us sit down on the table and have serious and sincere talks to resolve our burning issues like Kashmir.”
In Kashmir, flagrant human rights violations were taking place day in and day out, he said, adding that India had usurped any semblance of autonomy, given to the Kashmiris according to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
Minorities in India were being persecuted, “This must stop so that message can go around the globe that India is ready to have talks”, said PM.
Shehbaz Sharif added that India and Pakistan were neighbors and they had to live with each other.
“It is up to us to live peacefully and make progress or quarrel with each other, and waste time and resources. We have three wars with India and it only brought more misery, poverty and unemployment to the people. We have learnt our lesson and we want to live in peace provided we are able to resolve our genuine problems”, said PM.
“We want to alleviate poverty, achieve prosperity, and provide education and health facilities and employment to our people and not waste our resources on bombs and ammunition, that is the message I want to convey to PM Modi,” he added.
“We are nuclear powers, armed to the teeth and if God forbid a war breaks out who will live to tell what happened,” he remarked.
He said the leadership of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could play an important role to bring India and Pakistan together, adding he would hold talks with the Indian leadership with the sincerity of purpose.
He said Saudi Arabia was a friendly and brotherly country, and they had unique brotherly relations for centuries.
Before Pakistan came into being and carved out of India, millions of Muslims had brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and they were visiting Makkah and Medina, he recalled.
PM Shehbaz said that UAE was a second home for millions of Pakistanis and as prime minister he had undertaken a successful visit to the country.
He said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed was an affectionate brother and great supporter of Pakistan and wanted the people of Pakistan to progress and become prosperous.
“Leadership of Pakistan and Gulf countries have resolved to cooperate with each other in the realm of trade and culture and project Islam as a religion of peace and shun all forms of terrorism. We are working together as strategic partners”, added Sharif.
PM also said that Pakistan’s woes and difficulties would not have decreased without the tangible and substantial support of the brotherly Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia, who were reliable and trustworthy partners.
He said the Pakistan was resilient and brave, and it would stand on its own feet by promoting trade and investment.