Nawaz Sharif Sings Kashmir Tune To Buy Peace With India

28 January 2015
Times of India

New Delhi: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has said he wants normal relations with India on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality but added that for the two countries to achieve viable peace, it is important to resolve the issue of Jammu & Kashmir. 'India is an important neighbour for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality,' Sharif told Pakistan's high commissioner to India Abdul Basit during a meeting with him in Islamabad. According to the Pakistan high commission, Sharif said it is important that two countries resolve all their outstanding issues including Jammu & Kashmir in order to have viable peace in the region. India cancelled foreign secretary-level dialogue with Pakistan after Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatists just before the talks in Islamabad in August last year. Since then both countries have maintained that they are willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue provided the other side takes the initiative. Reacting to Modi-Obama summit outcome, Pakistan had opposed support to India's permanent membership of UNSC and also for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.