After US-N Korea talks, Shahbaz Sharif asks India to follow suit
PAKISTAN’S ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother and PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif has asked India to resume peace talks with Islamabad, saying the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea should set a good precedent for both the bickering neighbours to follow.
“Ever since the start of Korean War, the two nations have been at odds with one another — both threatening to use military force with their nuclear arsenals facing each other. If the United States and North Korea can return from the brink of a nuclear flashpoint, there is no reason why Pakistan and India cannot do the same ... beginning with a dialogue on Kashmir,” Shahbaz Sharif said in a series of tweets.
He further said: “It is time for comprehensive peace talks in our region. International community must focus on the peace process in Afghanistan. Dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir should also resume so that the long-festering Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions.”
Political pundits in Pakistan believe that Nawaz’s efforts to normalise ties with New Delhi was one one of the major reasons behind his ouster as premier. Shahbaz, who is a prime ministerial candidate from his party, also asked India to leave behind the past tensions between the arch-rivals and starts afresh. “The US and North Korea talks should be a role model for Pakistan and India. If they can return from their previous hostile positions of attacking each other, Pakistan and India can also resume composite dialogue,” he said.
The PML-N chief said a dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was needed to resolve the long-festering dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. He said if his party returns to power in July 25 elections, it will promote peace in the region with a focus on Afghanistan, as peace in Afghanistan is “inextricably intertwined” with peace and security in Pakistan.