New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to engage in an all-out war, as both countries are powered by nuclear weapons.
Qureshi further said that it is Pakistan’s firm belief that “all issues could be resolved through dialogue”, adding that it is India’s responsibility to create a conducive environment.
Recently, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between the two countries, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The letter was a response to Modi’s greetings to Khan on Pakistan Day. “The people of Pakistan also desire peaceful, cooperative relations with all neighbours including India. We are convinced that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, in particular, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Khan said in his letter.
The Pakistan Prime Minister further said that the creation of an enabling environment is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue.
In his letter to Khan, Modi had said that India wants “cordial” relations with the neighbouring country but for that an “environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility” is important.
Last month, Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires Aftab Hasan Khan has said that his country wants to have good relations with its neighbours.
Aftab Hassan Khan, the acting head of the Pakistan high commission, said that the dispute between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir can only be resolved through talks.“Pakistan wants to have good relations with its neighbours…It would only be possible with peace and for it to prevail, issues must be resolved via dialogue especially that of J&K which has been going on for 70 years,” Khan said.