Nawaz says he raised Balochistan, Kashmir issues in talks with India PM

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that he raised the issue of Indian interference in Balochistan during his meeting with Indian opposition leader Manmohan Singh.

Singh and PM Sharif met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday, amid heightened tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors over the Kashmir region.

The two leaders agreed to work to restore and protect a cross-border ceasefire after a series of shootings in order to improve heightened ties, officials said.

Talking to media during a visit in London on his way back to home, PM Nawaz Sharif said he informed Dr. Manmohan Singh about Pakistan’s security concerns, especially the Balochistan issue and the tension on Line of Control.

He said he hadn’t called his Indian opposition a “dehati aurat” (village woman), as some media segments claimed.

Sharif said his meeting with Singh was ‘fruitful’ in which he insisted on solution of all problems through dialogue, and openly discussed the issues of Kashmir and Sir Creek.

The PM said he had clarified to the Indian side that terrorism is not only the problem of Pakistan but of many countries. However‚ he said peace is necessary for people of the region. He urged that Pak-India dialogue process should go on.

Regarding his speech at the UN General Assembly‚ Nawaz Sharif said he presented Pakistan’s principled stand on many issues and raised the issue of drone strikes.

About talks with Taliban‚ the Prime Minister said the government will draw out a strategy in this connection after his return to the country. However, said that “Taliban have denied their involvement in Peshawar attacks then we will have to see who are the other hidden elements.”