Pakistan, India cannot afford another war: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

India and Pakistan / Photo photo: (Photo Credits: File Photo)

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford another war because both are nuclear weapon states. The comment came from the Pakistan Foreign Minister after questioning a statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who said that some countries changed their position on just one phone call. Qureshi said that the statement given by the Chinese Foreign Minister is not directed towards Pakistan.

Commenting on India-Pakistan relations, Qureshi said that it is Pakistan’s conviction that “all issues can be resolved through dialogue”. He also said that it is India’s responsibility to create a favorable environment.

He said, “Pakistan has a clear stance on trade with India. It is now India’s turn to make the atmosphere conducive for negotiations.” He said that Pakistan has ‘serious concerns’ about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “People of Kashmir and various political parties had already rejected the decision of the Government of India on August 5, 2019.”

Significantly, Qureshi’s statement came at a time when Imran Khan-led government in Pakistan has taken a U-turn on its decision to open trade with India. Its summary was later dismissed at a Cabinet meeting, reiterating that no trade with India could take place until it overturned its decision of August 5, 2019, which ruled the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Changed the special status and repealed Articles 370 and 35A and divided it into two union territories.

The Government of Pakistan says that its position on Kashmir cannot be changed, but the opposition parties have raised serious questions on the government’s intention and competence in taking major decisions related to the foreign policy of the country. Apart from this, questions have also been raised on the country’s foreign policy and approach after being ignored by the US for the recent environmental conference.

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