No scope of Pak winning war against India,says PM

Sharif office says he never said that Kashmir issue can trigger a war.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi/islamabad | Published: December 5, 2013 12:19 am

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said there is no possibility of Pakistan winning any war against India,at least “during his lifetime”.

Reacting to a reported statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that has since been denied,Singh said “there is no scope of Pakistan winning any such war in my lifetime”. The PM’s remarks came as response to questions at the annual Navy Day reception in the Capital Wednesday.

The PM’s reaction was to an alleged statement by Sharif that appeared in newspaper Dawn.

“Kashmir is a flashpoint and can trigger a fourth war between the two nuclear powers at any time,” the newspaper quoted Sharif as saying. The report said he made the remarks during a brief address to the Council of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Muzaffarabad Tuesday.

But the Sharif’s office Wednesday denied any such remark. A statement from his office said: “Prime Minister of Pakistan never uttered these words and the news item is baseless,incorrect and based on malafide intentions.”

“Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is of the opinion that any issue of conflict between Pakistan and India has to be resolved through peaceful means,” the statement read.

During a meeting with leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Muzaffarabad Tuesday,Sharif had said it was his desire that the Kashmir issue should be resolved at the earliest.

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