The News – No compromise on Kashmir: Khawaja Asif

Sialkot-Panjab-Pakistan, 6 August 2017. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday mentioned the unending Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and said Pakistan would never compromise on the Kashmir issue.

He said India had continuously been committing ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary. Durable peace between Pakistan and India was dependent upon resolving the Kashmir issue, he stressed.

Khawaja Asif, talking to the newsmen at a local office of the PML-N on the Paris Road, said Pakistan always had wished normal and friendly relations with all the neighbours, including India, but quite ironically New Delhi had never positively responded to the efforts made for the purpose.

He added that India was also involved in causing disturbances at the western border of Pakistan.The newly-appointed foreign minister said peaceful and friendly relations with Afghanistan had always been one of the top priorities of Pakistan but were not possible without an equally positive response from Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan had been fighting terrorism for the last many years and it was quite illogical to blame the country for having safe havens of terrorists.

There had been a marked decrease in terrorism incidents in the country, Khawaja Asif noted.The foreign minister opined that the Indus Waters Treaty was heading towards failure due to India’s hegemonic attitude and repeated violations of the accord.


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