Good ties with India not possible without Kashmir conflict resolution, says new Pak PM

An armed forces personnel stands deployed in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Shehbaz Sharif, the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, on Monday raised the issue of abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir and alleged that the people in the Valley were bleeding and Pakistan will provide them with “diplomatic and moral support” besides raising the matter at every international platform.

During his inaugural speech, Shehbaz, who became the new Prime Minister after Imran Khan, showed concerns regarding Kashmir conflict as soon as he took office.

He said that Pakistan wants to have better relations with India, but this is not possible without a peaceful solution to the Kashmir conflict.

He said that they will continue to raise the issue of Kashmir through international forums. He also advised the Prime Minister of India that there is poverty in both the countries. But first resolve the Kashmir issue and then together we will fight poverty.

Shehbaz said that neighbours are not a matter of choice, it is something we have to live with and unfortunately Pakistan’s ties with India were never good since its inception.

He attacked Khan for not making “serious and diplomatic efforts” when India abrogated Article 370 in August 2019.

“When the forceful encroachment was done in August 2019 and Article 370 was abrogated, what serious efforts did we make…what serious diplomacy did we try…Kashmiris’ blood is flowing on roads of Kashmir and the Kashmir Valley is red with their blood,” PTI quoted Shehbaz, the younger brother of former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as saying.

He expressed a desire for better ties but with India linked it with the Kashmir issue.

“We want good ties with India but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved,” he said, adding that Pakistan would continue to provide political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir.

“We will raise voice for Kashmiris brothers and sisters at every forum. We will give them diplomatic and moral support,” he was quoted further saying.

“Why do we want our coming generations to suffer. Come, let’s resolve the Kashmir issue in line with UN resolutions and Kashmiris’ expectations, so that we are able to end poverty on both sides of the border,” he added.


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