Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday expressed his desire to work with neighbouring India towards regional development, stating that Pakistan has “nothing against anybody”.
Both countries’ ties have mostly remained strained since their independence, evident from the three wars — during 1948, 1965, and 1971 — they fought since their separation in 1947.
But the bilateral relations have come to a virtual halt after India revoked the special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.
“We are prepared to talk with everyone, even with our neighbour, provided that the neighbour is serious to talk serious matters on the table because war is no more an option,” the prime minister said, addressing the inaugural session of the Pakistan Minerals Summit in Islamabad.
The summit aims to increase Foreign Direct Investment in the country and move from ‘Dust to Development’.