Let's talk on Kashmir, new Pakistan FM tells India

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan will not compromise on Kashmir issue, as atrocities in Indian-held territory continue to take place.

Asif was speaking to media in Sialkot, where he said that peace in India and Pakistan is related to Kashmir and without solving the issue durable peace can not be achieved.

Asif said India was also sponsoring terrorism at the Durand Line (the Afghanistan-Pakistan border) to create disturbance in Pakistan.

Mr Asif said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and wants cordial relations with regional countries.

He said that efforts are underway to bring relations with India back on track but not getting a positive answer from the other side.

The minister said Pakistan army has played a significant role in eliminating terrorism from the motherland.

He called for honouring the Indus Water Treaty to ensure regional peace. However, he warned that any "misadventure" would eventually create unrest in the region.

Speaking to reporters in Sialkot, Mr Asif said that Pakistani government wanted to normalise ties with India but the neighbouring government was not taking any step towards it.

The former Defence Minister said Pakistan's options become limited if India was not willing to meet us halfway.

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