Asserting that war is not an option for India and Pakistan, a top Pakistani diplomat has said Islamabad believes there is a need to resolve all bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue.
“Going to war is not an option at all. The reason is both the countries need economic development, have to work for the welfare of the people,” Pakistan Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani told a group of reporters here at an award ceremony held at Washington DC on the sidelines of the annual fall meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
After five days of getting no love from Washington on the Kashmir issue, the envoys, who started their Washington trip with bluster, ended it with a whimper.
At the start of their 5-day trip, the Pakistani envoys warned that their country would join the “China-Russia-Iran” axis if the US didn’t intervene in the Kashmir issue. They even sent a message to India that they would invoke the Maoists and small rebellions in northeast India, if India continued to talk about Balochistan.
For most part of the week, Jilani accompanied two visiting Pakistani Envoys on Kashmir to various meetings including at the State Department and with the National Security Council.Jilani accompanied two visiting Pakistani Envoys on Kashmir to various meetings including at the State Department and with the National Security Council.
“Very good response. Excellent response,” said Jilani, who also received the “Best Government Infrastructure Strategy in South Asia” award on behalf of Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.