Pakistan wants peaceful ties with India: PM Shehbaz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the international community to play a role in resolving the Kashmir issue and promoting peaceful relations with India on Thursday.

Mr. Sharif, as reported by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), made these comments during a meeting with Neil Hawkins, the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan.

The prime minister was quoted as saying: India and Pakistan want to have peaceful relations based on equity, justice, and mutual respect. In this setting, it was absolutely necessary to find a just and peaceful solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

The prime minister stated, “The international community must play a facilitative role in this regard, as it was essential for lasting peace and stability in South Asia.”

In addition, Mr. Sharif emphasized Pakistan’s continued cooperation with the international community following the situation in Afghanistan, particularly since August of last year.

The Australian high commissioner expressed her sincere gratitude to Pakistan for facilitating the safe evacuation of their nationals and others from Afghanistan and expressed her desire to further strengthen bilateral relations. He expressed his determination to further expand and diversify the existing relationship between Pakistan and Australia and thanked the prime minister for welcoming him.

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