Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that the responsibility to create an enabling environment for dialogue with Pakistan lies with India.
“Pakistan will not shy away from dialogue if India reviews its policy and expresses readiness for a peaceful solution of all issues including [the] Kashmir dispute.”The foreign minister stated in a statement issued.
He further recalled that Prime Minister offered to take two steps towards peace with the neighboring country if India took one, soon after taking office.
The top diplomat said that the re-enforcement of the ceasefire agreement after talks between the director generals of military operations of both countries was a positive development.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke at the first-ever Islamabad Security Dialogue, talking about a wide range of internal and external issues, on Thursday.
During his address, the army chief said that stable Indo-Pak relations were a key to unlock the untapped potential of South and Central Asia by ensuring connectivity between East and West Asia.
“Kashmir dispute is obviously at the head of this problem. It is important to understand that without the resolution of Kashmir dispute through peaceful means, the process of sub-continental rapprochement will always remain susceptible to derailment due to politically motivated bellicosity.”The COAS said.
However, Gen Bajwa divulged that the military leadership feels it is time to bury the past and move forward.
“But for the resumption of the peace process or meaningful dialogue, our neighbor will have to create a conducive environment, particularly in Indian Occupied Kashmir.”The army chief maintained.