By : Atta Ur Rehman Abbasi
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said dialogue is the only option for Pakistan and India to move forward on the path of peace.
Talking to the Indian media persons in Islamabad, he said there should be no pre conditions for dialogue as it will mean there is no intention for peace. The Prime Minister pointed out that Kashmir is the only core issue between the two countries. He said the solution of this problem is possible provided the leadership of both the countries demonstrate will towards that end.
He stressed that there are great dividends of peace between the two neighboring countries. He said the resolution of Kashmir dispute will benefit the whole sub-continent as it open the region for trade and economic activities.
Imran Khan said both Pakistan and India are nuclear powered states and they cannot afford any confrontation. The Prime Minister said he has approached the India from the one day in office saying that his country will take two step against the one step from the Indian side. He, however regretted that the Indian response has been bad.
Imran Khan said he felt India’s lack of response to Pakistan’s outreach seemed to be governed by electoral calculations. He said India finally will have to reciprocate to Pakistan’s positive gestures. He said there is complete consensus in Pakistan for developing better relations with India. He said it will be his utmost effort to normalize relations both with India and Afghanistan.
On Kartarpur Corridor, Imran Khan said it was the long standing demand of Sikh community. Responding to a question, the Prime Minister said it is not in our interest to have the territory to be used against any other country. He said India has not changed its mindset regarding allegations of terrorism against Pakistan.
Imran Khan said Pakistan has developed a national action plan with consensus of all political parties. This plan is aimed at ensuring that no armed group is allowed to operate from our soil.