"Kashmir only issue in way of better ties between India, Pakistan: Imran Khan"
Kashmir is the only issue between India and Pakistan that can be solved only if India takes the initiative said Imran khan on Wednesday.
These remarks were made in Islamabad Security Dialogue, a two-day summit, organised by Pakistan National Security Division in collaboration with the country’s leading think tanks.
“There is one issue that is stopping us [from improving relations] at this time. We will make our efforts but India must take the first step because after August 5, till they take the first step, then, unfortunately, we cannot move forward,” Khan said, referring to India’s decision on August 5, 2019, to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and to split the region into two Union Territories.
“Our issue is Kashmir and it is the only issue – how we can settle it through dialogue and establish a relationship as civilised neighbours,” he said, speaking in Urdu.
According to khan he tried so many times to settle things between the two countries after forming his government in 2018 but "Unfortunately August 5 was the big blow and there was a total breakdown between the two countries".
“We still hope that they [India] give the Kashmiris the rights they were given by the UN Security Council to decide their own lives. It will be as beneficial for India as for Pakistan,” Khan said.
“As long as there is no regional peace and our relations with our neighbours and trading ties are not good, Pakistan won’t be able to take full advantage of its geo-strategic location. If there is peace in this region, Pakistan will be the biggest beneficiary because we are connected in all four directions,” he said.
“We are connected to the world’s two largest markets – I mean we are connected with China and we can be connected with the other, India,” he added.