Astana, Kazakhstan, October 13 (KMS): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that resolution of the Kashmir dispute is essential for durable peace in the region.
Shehbaz Sharif addressing the 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan, today, said Pakistan wants better relations with India but it depends on India. Peace will not be established until Indian atrocities end in the occupied territory, he added.
“We are willing to engage with India for the sake of prosperity and development as both sides of the border cannot afford to deal with massive challenges of poverty and unemployment amid meager resources,” he said.
The Prime Minister highlighted India’s unabated atrocities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir where, he said, the Kashmiris have been facing continued denial of their right to self-determination for the last seven decades.
He also urged other countries to take notice of India’s ‘bullet over ballot’ policy as it blatantly quashed the United Nations resolution on holding a plebiscite in Kashmir. “India has become a threat to its minorities, neighbours and the entire region,” he added.