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War not an option. Azadi for Kashmir has no reality: Pakistan PM Abbasi

War not an option. Azadi for Kashmir has no reality: Pakistan PM Abbasi

2Abbasi further said that the idea of “independent Kashmir” is often floated around “but has no reality”
LONDON: Acknowledging the tense situation between the two neighbouring nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi admitted that war with India is not an option.
“Until Kashmir is resolved, Pak-India relations will remain tense. But war is not an option,” said Abbasi on Saturday while addressing a conference on `Future of Pakistan 2017` at the London School of Economics` South Asia Centre.
Abbasi further said that the idea of Azaad Kashmir is often floated around but it “has no reality,” reported Geo TV. “There is no support for the demand for independent.”
“With regards to Kashmir talks are the only way forward,” he said in his 35-minute-long address.
On Monday, Centre’s new representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma held talks with various stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the political leadership, traders, youth and various other outfits. Kashmiri separatists, however, boycotted the peace talks.
The Pakistan PM was answering questions on a range of topics from Afghanistan, civil-military ties, disqualification Nawaz Sharif, to relations with India and the Kashmir issue.
Speaking of Pakistan’s fight against home-grown terror groups, Abbasi said, “Pakistan is fighting the largest war against terror. Quarter of our troops are fighting. It’s a battle that Pakistan has won.”
He added that the country faces an issue with the distribution of automatic weapons. “There are 0.5 million automatic weapons in private hands in Pakistan. We have taken initiatives to remove this. Last interim gov, issued over 35000 automatic weapons to private citizens:”
He further added that US-Pak relationship should not be defined by Afghanistan alone.

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