Sunday, October 9, 2016

War is not an option for India and Pakistan: Pak envoy to US

Asserting that war is not an option for India and Pakistan, a top Pakistani diplomat has said Islamabad believes there is a need to resolve all bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue.

“Going to war is not an option at all. The reason is both the countries need economic development, have to work for the welfare of the people,” Pakistan ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani told reporters.

“So war is not an option at all. Specially among two nuclear-powered countries,” PTI quoted him as saying.
“Thinking about war is unimaginable. So this is the thinking of the Government of Pakistan - to resolve all the issues including that of Kashmir through dialogue as per international legality,” Jilani said.

For most part of the week, Jilani accompanied two visiting Pakistani envoys on Kashmir to various meetings including at the state department and with the National Security Council.

“Very good response. Excellent response,” said Jilani, who also received the “Best Government Infrastructure Strategy in South Asia” award on behalf of Pakistani finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a joint session of the Parliament convened to discuss the security situation in the wake of increasing India-Pakistan tensions recently, accused India of running away from dialogue and instead creating a war-like environment by blaming Pakistan for the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed last month.

India hit back , calling Pakistan a country that has “established itself as a global epicentre of terrorism”, and asked it to abandon its “futile quest” of Kashmir.

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