Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his desire for peaceful ties with the neighbouring country and calling upon him to resolve the occupied Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Modi had congratulated the premier on his April 11 election as the prime minister and said India desired peace and stability in the region. PM Shehbaz had reciprocated the gesture and said Pakistan desired “peaceful and cooperative ties” with India for which a solution to the Kashmir dispute was “indispensable”.
Shehbaz reiterated his gratitude to his Indian counterpart for his well wishes and said that Pakistan remained “committed to the maintenance of regional peace and security”. The letter said Pakistan’s sacrifices and contribution towards fighting and eliminating terrorism were “well known and globally acknowledged”.
“We believe that peaceful and cooperative ties between Pakistan and India are imperative for the progress and socioeconomic uplift of our people and for the region.” He said, “This can be best achieved through meaningful engagement and peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.”