Pakistan ministers told not to make anti-India remarks

Pakistan ministers told not to make anti-India remarks
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed his ministers and aides not to make anti-India statements that can affect the recently resumed peace dialogue, according to a media report.

“There will be statements only that encourage the dialogue process rather than digging out the past. The Prime Minister has asked close aides and cabinet members to promote peace,” a close aide of Sharif was quoted as saying by The Nation”.

The measure was taken to let the peace process move forward after being set in motion this month.

The ministers and senior officials have been stopped from issuing statements which could damage the peace process, the report said. Sharif’s aide was quoted as saying that the prime minister was optimistic about better ties with India which would benefit the whole region.

He said Sharif was annoyed by some statements from India but understands this is not the Indian government’s policy.

Sharif, the aide said, wanted to give top priority to Kashmir, terrorism and trade when the two sides sit on the table to discuss peace. Another official was quoted as saying that the 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,” he said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan earlier this month during which she called on Sharif and met his Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

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