Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stopped his ministers from giving anti-India statements. This decision was taken so that the peace process which has been started between the two countries does not get derailed, an official said.
A close aide to Sharif said on Friday that the ministers and senior officials have been asked not to issue any statement that could damage the peace process .
Quoting an official, The Nation reported that only those statements will be issued that will encourage the dialogue process rather than changing words against each other.
According to the official, the Pakistani Prime Minister was optimistic about better ties with India, which would benefit the whole region.
Sharif was annoyed by statements from India that New Delhi only wanted to discuss Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in talks, but understands this is not Indian government’s policy, the official added.
The official said that Sharif wanted to give top priority to Kashmir, terrorism and trade when the two sides discuss peace.
Another official said Sharif and the military leadership were on the same page to make peace with India.
“There is no difference of opinion and both agree that there should be no compromise on the stated position on key issues.”
It must be noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart met in Paris on the sidelines of the Climate Change conference. Though their meeting was very brief, they were photographed talking animatedly.
Then Sushma Swaraj visited the Pakistan to attend Heart of Asia conference
and said that talks are only option to move forward to achieve the peace and security in the region . In a reply in the Parliament Swaraj said that India will take every important step to safeguard the nation’s security and safety of all citizens.
It is expected that Sharif and Modi will meet again in Switzerland in January. The two leaders will be together on January 20 to attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters.
India’s outgoing High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan on Thursday said the relations between the two countries were heading towards betterment. Analysts believe that it was a positive development that Pakistan and India agreed to resume comprehensive dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues.