Imran recalls Vajpayee’s remark

Imran recalls Vajpayee’s remark


The Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has recalled his discussion with the former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, about the Kashmir issue and said that Vajpayee had told him that Kashmir would have been resolved if the BJP had not lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

Imran Khan said that former External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, was present at that meeting. 'It shows that there is a solution of Kashmir and both countries were close to resolve it,' the Pakistan Prime Minister said. Elaborating, he said that war is not a solution to the Kashmir issue, and that it can be resolved only through talks.

In an interview to television journalists in Islamabad, Mr Khan said unless there was a dialogue, various options on resolution of Kashmir cannot be discussed.

When asked about the 'options'  Mr Khan said there were two or three solutions, which have been in discussions. He, however, refused to share more details.

Ruling out the possibility of any war with India, he said two nuclear armed countries would not fight because 'there are always unintended consequences'.

Asserting that Pakistan was serious to develop peaceful ties with all its neighbours, Mr Khan claimed that India was not ready to hold talks due to the coming general elections.

On his views on the military's role in shaping of foreign policy in every country, including the US, he said, 'Advice from the establishment is taken in those issues where security situation is involved.'