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War With India Is Not An Option: Pakistan Prime Minister

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
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LONDON: Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said on Monday that he is not considering war with India as an option to resolve issues. He opined that the existing problems between the neighbors can only be solved through a dialogue. "India and Pakistan are Nuclear-powered nations and you can easily determine the extent of loss one can witness if something called a war breaks out at this point of time. We always strive for peace and are hopeful of a positive outcome only through dialogue", Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi said speaking on 'the Future of Pakistan 2017' at the London School of Economics.

He further added that the relation between the two nations remain tense until the issue of Kashmir is resolved through a UN referendum. When asked about the concept of an Independent Kashmir, Abbasi said that the people of Kashmir are more inclined towards joining Pakistan than remain independent. "It is very clear out there. People of Kashmir are always willing to stay with Pakistan and there is no question on the concept of Independent Kashmir, as no one wants it. Kashmir is always the integral part of Pakistan as far as we are concerned", the Prime Minister said.

Explaining the contribution of Pakistan towards fighting global terror, Mr. Abbasi said that Pakistan has changed so much in the last five years. He said that his country is now fighting the biggest global war against terrorism. "We are always committed towards global peace," he concluded.

India and Pakistan have fought in three major armed conflicts since their independence. In 1947, 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 followed by the unofficial Kargil War. The bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan have been hostile and unfriendly in the last three decades. This is largely due historical events amplified by political gains. It started with violent partition of India in 1947. The Kashmir conflict is still ongoing albeit numerous attempts like the Lahore summit,the Shimla summit and the Agra summit have been made to improve the relationship.

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