Not war, let us talk to resolve our issues including Kashmir dispute: Pakistan army to India

Srinagar:The Pakistan army has invited India to table for dialogue to resolve all the pending issues including the 70 years long pending dispute of Kashmir, the News International reported on Thursday.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the army’s spokesperson, in an interview with a private news channel while inviting India to table said it was India which always escaped from talks. He pointed out that there is history of tense relations between Pakistan and India mainly due to unresolved Kashmir issue.

He reminded India that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as its weakness. “We are a strong state and strong army having capacity and capability to thwart any misadventure,” he told ARY news.

Moreover, he said there is election year in India where anti-Pakistan slogans are used in election campaign. “But this does not happen in Pakistan,” he said.

To another question, the military spokesman said the Indian prime minister himself admitted that his people also did not believe that their army troops carried out surgical strike in “Azad Kashmir”. “Surgical strikes are not carried with claims or mere verbal talk,” he said adding how surgical strikes which never happened could be admitted.

To a question about Kulbhushan Jadev, the alleged Indian spy, he said he was awarded death sentence and his mercy appeal is with the army chief. “The case is also with the International Court of Justice and let us see what decision they take,” he said.

To another question about threats from India’s political and military leadership, the ISPR DG said such threats would serve purpose of deteriorating relations between the two countries and having negative impact on region’s peace. “Pakistan always talks about peace and talks, while India talks about war,” he said.

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