Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offer Indian PM to resolve the burning issues with New Delhi, including the Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK).
According to reports, PM Shehbaz asked Indian PM Narendra Modi to hold serious and sincere talks.
While Speaking during an interview with Al Arabiya news channel, the prime minister 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.”
Premier Shehbaz said that flagrant human rights violations were taking place day in and day out in the IIOJK, adding that the neighboring country had usurped any semblance of autonomy given to the Kashmiris according to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The autonomy was revoked in August 2019.
The Premier also said that the minorities in India were being persecuted. “This must stop so that message can go around the globe that India is ready to have talks.”
PM Shehbaz said Pakistan and India are neighbors and have 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 learned our lesson and we want to live in peace provided we are able to resolve our genuine problems.
“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 give to Prime Minister Modi,” he added.
The premier remarked that both countries are nuclear powers and armed to teeth. “If God forbid a war breaks out who will live to tell what happened,” he said.
He said the leadership of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could play an important role to bring Pakistan and India together, adding he would hold talks with the Indian leadership with the sincerity of purpose.
Earlier on the official visit to the UAE, the PM said that the Gulf country was a second home for millions of Pakistanis as Prime Minister.
He said that UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was an affectionate brother and great supporter of Pakistan and wanted the people of Pakistan to progress and become prosperous.