Prime Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said that Pakistan is looking for peace with all its neighbours, including India.
In his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the premier said that war between Pakistan and India is not an option as both countries are armed to the teeth, adding that peace is the only way forward.
“We in Pakistan remain consistent for peace in South Asia. Sustainable peace in South Asia, however, remains contingent upon a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.
“We [Pakistan and India] are neighbours. The choice is ours. Whether we live in peace or keep on fighting with each other. We have had three wars from 1947 onwards. And as a consequence, only misery, poverty and unemployment have increased on both sides. It’s now up to us to resolve our differences like peaceful neighbours,” he added.
He also urged India to take credible steps to create enabling environment for constructive engagement.
Talking about floods in Pakistan, the prime minister said that more than 1500 people, including over 400 children, have lost their lives in the devastating floods.
“Far more are in peril from disease and malnutrition. As we speak, millions of climate migrants are still looking for dry land to pitch their tents on,” he added.