Nawaz Sharif invites India for dialogue on Kashmir

Sharif stressed that the region will remain in the grip of "mistrust and tension" as long as the Kashmir dispute is not resolved.

Islamabad | Updated: February 5, 2014 4:07 pm
Sharif urges India for a a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. (AP) Sharif urges India for a a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. (AP)

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today invited India to engage in a “comprehensive, sustained and result-oriented” dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue. “I invite India for a comprehensive, sustained and result-oriented” dialogue for the resolution of the Kashmir issue, Sharif said while addressing a joint session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s assembly.

Sharif stressed that the region will remain in the grip of “mistrust and tension” as long as the Kashmir dispute is not resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Rallies were organised across Pakistan by various political parties and extremist groups as the country marked “Kashmir Solidarity Day”, observed by Pakistan on February 5 every year since 1990.

The Jamat-ud-Dawah, a front for banned terror group LeT, organised a number of protests in various cities including in Lahore and Islamabad. JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, wanted by India in connection with the Mumbai attacks case, addressed a rally in Lahore. Since he assumed office last year, Sharif has spoken in favour of better ties with India. However, the killing of seven Indian soldiers and heavy exchanges of fire along the Line of Control sent relations plummeting.

The Prime Minister in his speech today expressed confidence that the Indian leadership “while realising the sensitivity of the issue” will reciprocate to his invitation of dialogue in a positive manner and give “right to self-determination” to the people of Kashmir. Sharif said Pakistan has taken several concrete steps to reduce the hardships faced by the people living on both sides of the Line of Control.

The steps include the opening of the Line of Control to facilitate trade and movement of people. These steps clearly reflect that Pakistan desires peace, he said. The Prime Minister said the Kashmir dispute remains on the list of unfinished agenda of the United Nations.

Sharif was quoted by the state-run APP news agency as saying “a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris is a sine qua non for lasting peace in South Asia”.

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First Published on: February 5, 2014 4:01 pm
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    Bgoswami
    Feb 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm
    Just ignore him until he hands over Hafiz Sayeed, Azar and Dawood?
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      Bgoswami
      Feb 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm
      Just ignore him until he hands over Hafiz Sayeed, Azar and Dawood?
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        Vijay, Florida
        Feb 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
        Listening to Sharif's speech one cannot but recall how many million times the same line has been repeated by all Pak leaders. "Maaf Keejiye Record Kharab Ho a". Will they ever grow up ?
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          Vijay, Florida
          Feb 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
          Listening to Sharif's speech one cannot but recall how many million times the same line has been repeated by all Pak leaders. "Maaf Keejiye Record Kharab Ho a". Will they ever grow up ?
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            japanese
            Feb 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm
            Kashmir is integral part of India - what is there to negotiate. First they lost East stan now about to lose Baluchistan ......... what next ??
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              japanese
              Feb 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm
              Kashmir is integral part of India - what is there to negotiate. First they lost East stan now about to lose Baluchistan ......... what next ??
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                roger
                Feb 5, 2014 at 10:47 am
                Lets invite this dual faced PM of stan to discuss Baluchistan first.
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                  sadda
                  Feb 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm
                  Sharif is invited to discuss viability and legitimacy of stan and its rulers dealing with China.
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                    Raman
                    Feb 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm
                    India would be wasting time if it goes to these talks. Talk they must-first thing first, how about resolving that 11/26 terror attack emanating from stan? Did they book the culprits who are still loose? For India, Kashmir is not a pressing issue. That holds true even for stan with all kind of killing coming from Taliban. Mr. Sharif is insincere and no point holding any talks. , Taliban is rebuffing him on talks and India must too!
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                      Raman
                      Feb 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm
                      India would be wasting time if it goes to these talks. Talk they must-first thing first, how about resolving that 11/26 terror attack emanating from stan? Did they book the culprits who are still loose? For India, Kashmir is not a pressing issue. That holds true even for stan with all kind of killing coming from Taliban. Mr. Sharif is insincere and no point holding any talks. , Taliban is rebuffing him on talks and India must too!
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