Shehbaz Sharif, brother of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N chief, has asked India to restart peace talks with Islamabad referring to the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea as an example to follow by both the arch rival nations.

It is remarkable that during the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea, leaders of both the power stiff countries entered into peace treaties as North’s Kim Jong-un pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearisation” in return for security guarantees by the US President Donald Trump. This historic summit marked an epoch in the history of the decades-long tense relationship between the US and North Korea.

“Ever since the start of Korean War, the two nations have been at odds with one another – both threatening to use military force with their nuclear arsenals facing each other. If the United States and North Korea can return from the brink of a nuclear flashpoint, there is no reason why Pakistan and India cannot do the same … beginning with a dialogue on Kashmir whose heroic people have resisted and rejected Indian occupation,” Shehbaz Sharif said in a series of tweets. He further said: “It is time for comprehensive peace talks in our region. International community must focus on the peace process in Afghanistan. Dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir should also resume so that the long-festering Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions.”

Shehbaz, a prime ministerial candidate from his party, also asked India to leave behind the past rivalry with Pakistan and start fresh new peace talks on Kashmir controversy. “The US and North Korea talks should be a role model for Pakistan and Indian. If they can return from their previous hostile positions of attacking each other, Pakistan and India can also resume composite dialogue,” he said. The leader said a dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was needed to resolve the long-festering dispute in accordance with the United Nations resolutions. No doubt, it’s a fair invitation from the Pakistani leader but he needs to understand that peace talks on the Kashmir issue won’t render any result until both the nations are ready to adopt malleable attitude to resolve the controversial issue peacefully.

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