Vastavam web: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that war is not an option with India and that only talks can resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir.Addressing a conference on ‘Future of Pakistan 2017′ at the London School of Economics’ South Asia Centre here on Saturday, Abbasi described Kashmir as a “core issue” and said relations with India will remain tense until that is resolved.Highlighting India’s Cold Start Doctrine among recent developments, Abbasi said Pakistan had a “deterrent” in place.
“We have a deterrent to that (Cold Start Doctrine) but I don t think deterrents where both sides are nuclear powers is a solution to any problem. The only solution is continued talks,” the Pakistani leader noted.He also dismissed any support for the concept of an independent Kashmir on the ground while addressing questions from students at the LSE conference on Saturday.
“I have not seen support for that concept (independent Kashmir). This is something that is floated often but it really has no basis in reality. The solution lies with the Security Council resolution that the people are given the right of determination,” he said.The central message of his keynote address at the conference was that the world must acknowledge Pakistan as the country fighting “the largest war on terror in the world”.”Pakistan is fighting terror for the world and we are committed to fighting this menace,” he asserted.