Pakistani Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif has called for “serious and sincere talks” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on “a hot spot like Kashmir”. In an interview with Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV, Sharif said Pakistan had learned its lesson after three wars with India and stressed that it now wanted peace with its neighbour.
“My message to Indian leaders and Prime Minister Modi is let’s sit down and have serious and sincere talks to resolve a hot issue like Kashmir. Live in peace and make progress or quarrel and quarrel with each other is up to us . “Waste of time and resources,” Shehbaz Sharif said.
“We have fought three wars with India and they will only bring more misery, poverty and unemployment to the people,” Pakistan’s prime minister told the Dubai-based Arab News channel.
“We have learned our lesson and we want to live in peace with India as long as we can solve our real problems,” Sheikh Baz Sharif said in an interview that aired on Monday.
Pakistan is grappling with a severe economic crisis, public discontent with the ruling regime due to factors including a flour crisis and fuel shortages, and faces an increase in terrorist attacks by the banned Taliban Movement of Pakistan (TTP), which it reported late last year. Ended a ceasefire agreement with the country’s security forces.
“India is our neighbor, we are neighbors. Let’s be straight, even if we don’t want to be neighbors, we will always be there, it’s up to us and resources to live in peace, progress or waste time arguing with each other. It depends We,” Shehbaz Sharif said in an interview with Al Arabiya.
Shehbaz Sharif also mentioned the Kashmir issue and said “Pakistan wants peace but what is happening in Kashmir should stop.”
In an interview also uploaded to the @AlArabiya_shows Twitter account on Monday, the Pakistani leader said there were engineers, doctors and skilled workers in both countries. “We want to use these assets to bring prosperity and bring peace to the region so both countries can grow.”
“Pakistan does not want to waste resources on bombs and ammunition. We are a nuclear power, armed to the teeth, and if God forbid, war breaks out, who will live to tell what happened?” he said.
In November, India slammed Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue during a UN debate, calling it a “desperate attempt to spread lies”.
“When we met today to discuss UN Security Council reform, the Pakistani representative again made baseless references to Jammu and Kashmir. No matter what the Pakistani representative believes, Jammu and Kashmir remains an inalienable part of India,” said Pratik Mathur, Permanent Mission . India’s right of reply to the UN Security Council during UNGA sessions.
“Pakistan’s desperate attempt to peddle lies and bad habit of abusing the sanctity of multilateral forums deserves collective contempt and perhaps sympathy,” he added.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari spoke of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. India responded to Pakistan’s claims at a key meeting of the UN General Assembly on the UN Security Council.
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