Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan wished to move forward and wanted a civilized relationship with India while stressing that only ‘problem’ both nations faced was that of Kashmir.
“I am saying today, that our political leaders, our army, and all other institutions are all on one page. We wish to move forward, we want a civilised relationship. We have just one problem, Kashmir. If man can walk on the moon, what problems are there that we cannot resolve?” he asked during the laying of foundation of Kartarpur corridor..
Khan said that determination and dreams were necessary to solve ‘problem’,”I assure you that we can solve this problem. But determination and big dreams are both necessary. Imagine, once trade begins, once our relationship is fixed, how much both nations could benefit,” he said. “Both countries can get ahead.”
“If India takes one step forward, we will take two steps forward in friendship,” he reiterated.
Khan expressed shock over criticism of cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in India,”I don’t understand why Navjot Singh Sidhu was criticised so harshly when he visited last,” the prime minister said. ”
“War cannot take place between us. Both countries have nuclear arms, it would be madness,” he said.
The former Pakistan captain joked that Navjot had accumulated such a large fan following in Punjab that if he ran in elections here, he would win.
“I am hoping that we don’t have to wait until Sidhu becomes prime minister for there to be peace between India and Pakistan,” he added.
“The citizens of both countries want peace. It is just the leadership which needs to be on one page.” (with inputs from Dawn)