The Pipa News
Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday he was shocked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s willingness to hold talks with India.
On Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry said our position is that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must change Kashmir’s constitutional position to its original position, only then will Pakistan negotiate. “Begging for talks is not Pakistani policy, we strongly reject this approach and Shehbaz Sharif must not be allowed to sell Kashmir,” he added.
In an interview with the Al Arabiya news channel, Prime Minister Shehbaz asked his Indian counterpart to hold serious and frank talks to resolve pressing issues, including Kashmir.
“My message to the Indian leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that we sit down to the table and have serious and frank talks to solve our burning issues like Kashmir.”
He said gross human rights violations were committed daily in Kashmir, adding that India had usurped any semblance of autonomy granted to Kashmiris under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He added that the autonomy was revoked in August 2019.
He said minorities in India are being persecuted, adding: “This has to stop so that the message can go around the world that India is ready to talk.”
Shehbaz said that India and Pakistan are neighbors and need to live together.
It is up to us to live in peace and progress, or to argue with each other and waste time and resources. We have three wars with India which have only brought more misery, poverty and unemployment to people. We have learned our lesson and want to live in peace, provided we are able to solve our real problems.”