Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues of Kashmir: Qureshi

Vastavam web: Pakistan wants to improve ties with India and resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir through talks, and is not shy of engaging with New Delhi despite the current impasse in relations, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said here on friday. “But it takes two to tango. You cannot clap with just one hand. We have a positive stance and will remain hopeful,” said Qureshi, who was sworn-in as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister on Monday.

Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place, following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan-based terror groups since January 2016. India has made it clear that it will not hold dialogue with Islamabad as terrorism and talks cannot go hand-in-hand.

“Pakistan wants to improve ties with India and resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir through talks. The government is not shy of engaging with India despite the current impasse in the talks,” Qureshi told reporters after Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the Foreign Ministry and was briefed on the country’s foreign policy.

Qureshi also denied having said that Pakistan would win the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. The world court has put an stay on Jadhav’s execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Qureshi, while addressing media in his home city of Multan, had said yesterday that Pakistan has “solid evidence” against Jadhav and was hopeful of winning the case against him at the ICJ. “How I can say that we will win when the matter is sub-judice. I only said that we will put forward Pakistan’s point of view effectively,” he said.

He said that in his “opinion there is no other option, (but resuming talks)”. “I am not talking about a revolution in our relation but just suggesting that we should hold talks and don’t think if we would make progress or not,” he said, adding that an “enabling environment” should be created.