United Nations: Pakistan wants peace with all its neighbours, including India, but lasting peace and stability in South Asia depends on a just and lasting solution to the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Shebaz said on August 5, 2019, India’s “illegal and unilateral” move to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir further undermined prospects for peace and fueled regional tensions.
“Pakistan needs a stable external environment. We seek peace with all neighboring countries including India. “However, sustainable peace and stability in South Asia continues to depend on a just and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue,” he said.
“I think it’s time for India to get this message across loud and clear, both countries are up in arms. War is not an option. It is not an option. Only peaceful dialogues can solve these problems so that the world becomes more peaceful in the future,” he said.
India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and always will” be an integral part of the country. India has said it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terrorism, hostility and violence.
Relations between India and Pakistan broke down after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution.
India’s decision provoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which cut diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian ambassador.
Shebaz said New Delhi has increased its military presence in Jammu and Kashmir, making it the “most militarized zone in the world”.
He said the people of Pakistan have always stood in full solidarity with Kashmiris and will continue to do so.
I assured the World Forum that we in Pakistan remain steadfast in our commitment to peace in South Asia. India should take reasonable steps to create an environment for creative engagement,” he said.
“We are neighbours, and we will be forever. The choice is ours. Do we live in peace or continue to fight each other. We have had three wars since 1947. As a result, misery, poverty and unemployment have only increased on both sides.
India and Pakistan should not waste their resources in buying more ammunition and trying to create tension, Shebaz said.
“It is now up to us to resolve our differences, our problems or peaceful neighbors through peaceful negotiations and discussions and save our scarce resources to improve education and health and employment for millions of people,” he said.