Baku, Azerbaijan—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stated that Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India and the latter has always shown reluctance for dialogues on it.
He was talking to reporters in Baku before wrapping up a three-day visit to Azerbaijan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “Pakistan is ready for talks if India is serious to resolve the Kashmir dispute” adding he said Pakistan offered holding dialogue on the outstanding issues on several occasions, but India did not reciprocate.
“Kashmir is the main cause of unrest in the region and India must show seriousness for resolution of the issue and honour its commitment, under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” Nawaz said. “Pakistan is committed to peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue,” he said.
Delving into the Uri incident, the premier expressed regret that India blamed Pakistan for the attack on its army base camp in Uri. “Within six hours of the Uri incident, India levelled allegations against Pakistan, and reiterated that no infiltration took place on Line of Control.”
Commenting on PTI’s scheduled march towards Islamabad on October 30, the Premier said Imran Khan wanted to shut the federal capital down but he would not succeed in his intentions.
Talking about CPEC, Nawaz Sharif rejected the impression of slow pace of work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Nawaz Sharif said his government had introduced a new culture of political tolerance in the country as they respected mandate of every party.
“The PPP formed government in Sindh and we respected it. Similarly we have respected MQM as an opposition party,” he concluded.
He vowed to take the country to path of progress and prosperity, despite “certain elements’ plans to shut the country”.
Earlier, during a meeting with Speaker of Milli Mejlis (Parliament of Azerbaijan) Ogtay Asadov at the parliament, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resolved that Pakistan and Azerbaijan would work together at bilateral and multilateral levels to achieve their shared goals.
He said the leadership level contacts between the two countries would give impetus to bilateral economic, defense and cooperation in diverse fields.
The prime minister, who was on three-day visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, visited Milli Mejlis.
Speaker Ogtay Asadov received the prime minister on arrival at parliament and briefed him on the working of the institution. During the meeting, the speaker said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoyed fraternal relations based on shared history and culture. “Your visit will immensely enhance the bilateral relations between our two countries. I am confident that your meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan were fruitful.
Pakistan’s most valued support to Azerbaijan on issues of our national interest, is held in the greatest esteem”, the speaker remarked. “We have very strong fraternal relations. We had extremely fruitful sessions with the president and the prime minister of Azerbaijan which provided valuable opportunities to consider enhancing cooperation with Azerbaijan in various fields.
I was honoured to receive the honorary doctorate degree conferred by the rector of Baku State University,” the prime minister said and extended his felicitations on the National Day of Azerbaijan Republic falling on the October 18.
He said that he would convey the speaker’s invitation to the Chairman Senate and Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan who would be happy to visit Azerbaijan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan appreciated Azerbaijan’s continued support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
The mutual support of both the countries for each other on the issues of Nagorono Karabakh and Kashmir was a testimony to their strong relations, he added.