‘Absolutely willing and ready’ to engage with India, says Shehbaz Sharif


New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that he was “fully willing and ready” to engage with India, but the onus was on New Delhi to take the necessary measures “for a meaningful and result-oriented engagement”.

“I am fully ready and willing to have a serious dialogue and discussion with our colleagues, the Indians, provided they show genuine intent and are ready to discuss the issues that have really kept us apart for decades,” Shehbaz said. he said at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dawn reported.

According to the report, the Prime Minister of Pakistan expressed regret that the reasons keeping the two countries apart have hampered the promotion of bilateral trade and investment.

“This needs to end,” he said, adding, “but India still needs to take the necessary steps for meaningful and results-oriented engagement.

Pakistan wants peaceful relations with all its neighbors, including India, said Sharif, who said that this could only happen after India brings peace to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Sharif, however, said “it remains India’s duty to take the necessary steps towards result-oriented solutions,” Dawn reported.

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