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Seeking Kashmir is wishful thinking, Pak daily tells SharifTells him to focus on regional issues instead. PTI file

Seeking Kashmir is wishful thinking, Pak daily tells Sharif

24 Jul 2016 | 4:25 PM

ISLAMABAD: Slamming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for saying that he is waiting for the day Jammu and Kashmir would join Pakistan, a Pakistani daily on Sunday urged him not to indulge in “wishful thinking”. “Such statements are nothing more than rhetoric,” the Daily Times said in an editorial.

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Islamabad, July 24

Slamming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for saying that he is waiting for the day Jammu and Kashmir would join Pakistan, a Pakistani daily on Sunday urged him not to indulge in “wishful thinking”.

“Such statements are nothing more than rhetoric,” the Daily Times said in an editorial.

“Instead of indulging in wishful thinking, the PM needs to sit back and think with a cool mind the ways to resolve the regional issues,” it added.

Pakistan’s official stance on Kashmir is that it extends moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for freedom and will continue to raise its voice for their right to self-determination.

“This stance is commendable but making statements about the accession of Kashmir without any clear policy seems inappropriate,” the daily said.

“By uttering these words, the PM is challenging the authority of India and inviting more trouble not only for Pakistan but Kashmiris also.” The daily said talking about Jammu and Kashmir’s accession with Pakistan was easy but nobody knew how to make it happen.

“It could only happen through talks or war. There is no other solution. Kashmiris are already paying a heavy price for this conflict.

“What can Pakistan offer to Kashmiris when it is still coping with numerous challenges that are posing a threat to its own stability?” The editorial said that instead of talking about capturing more land, Islamabad needed to make Pakistani-governed Kashmir a model state. Islamabad holds the northern part of the divided state.

For the past 67 years, Pakistan had failed to ensure good governance in its own Kashmir, known as ‘Azad Kashmir’, it said.

The daily urged India and Pakistan to resolve their bilateral issues amicably.

“They need to get engaged in the dialogue process to pave the way for further talks to help find common ground to end differences. Both Pakistani and Indian governments must take pity on their respective people and come to the negotiating table for striking a permanent peace deal,” it said. IANS

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