Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Islamabad seeks to build partnerships for its geopolitical strategy, especially in the region, which apparently includes New Delhi.
He was responding to a question about trade with India in an interview with Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency ahead of a three-day visit to the country, Dawn reported. However, Sharif arrived in Turkey on Tuesday for a state visit.
Shehbaz said that as part of the transition from geostrategy to geopolitics, Pakistan wanted to build partnership on the basis of connectivity, especially in the region.
“Pakistan and India have a lot to gain from mutually beneficial trade,” he was quoted as saying. “We are aware of the economic dividends that can be derived from a healthy trade activity with India,” she added.
After coming to power in Pakistan in early April, Shahbaz Sharif wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his desire for peaceful relations with India and resolution of all unresolved issues.
This comes in the wake of Prime Minister Modi’s congratulatory greetings to the then newly elected Pakistani opponent. In his reply, Sharif thanked Prime Minister Modi for congratulating him and said that his country wanted peaceful and cooperative relations with India, ARY News reported.
In his first address to the National Assembly after taking oath, Sharif said, “We want good relations with India but lasting peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved.”
On Tuesday, India and Pakistan finalized and signed the annual report of the Permanent Indus Commission for the year ending March 31, 2022.
The Indus Water Treaty has saved the country from war and the stagnation of bilateral relations.
The Uri, Pathankot and Pulwama terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir have strained relations between India and Pakistan, and New Delhi has made it clear that dialogue and terrorism cannot go hand in hand.
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