Kashmir issue main cause of Indo-Pak tension: PM Nawaz


LONDON: Terming the Kashmir dispute as the main reason of contention between South Asian arch rivals Pakistan and India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged the latter to hold talks on all issues including Kashmir.


Speaking to media representatives outside his residence here, he said the issue should also be raised at other platforms besides bilateral talks between the two countries.

“Sooner the issue is resolved, the better it will be for both Pakistan and India,” said the premier.

“Pakistan and India should live like good neighbours as they cannot be changed… They should resolve their problems accordingly.”

The prime minister said Pakistan will continue playing its due role with responsibility for peace and stability in the region.

He was speaking to the media on way to the United States, where he is set to attend the 70th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Commenting over Afghanistan ties, PM Sharif said Pakistan and Afghanistan were committed to jointly fight the menace of terrorism.

He said the government has introduced several changes to the foreign policy, which were paying dividends.

First lady Begum Kalsoom Nawaz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Advisor to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman are accompanying the prime minister on the trip.

The Pakistani premier’s delegation comprises 35 members including seven members of official media team, seven security staff and five air force crew members, said a separate statement issued by the PM Office earlier today.

During the visit, Prime Minister Sharif besides addressing the General Debate of 70th session of UN General Assembly will attend the global leaders meeting on gender equality and women empowerment.

The prime minister is set to co-host with US President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon the Peacekeeping Summit.

He will also attend the reception hosted by President Obama in honour of heads of states on the occasion.