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Don't speak against India, Nawaz Sharif tells his ministers


Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani Prime Minister has advised and requested his leaders not to give anti-India statements so that the peace process is not hit, according to official. On Friday, a close aide to Sharif said that the senior officials and ministers had been asked not to issue any statement that could damage the peace process.

“There will be statements only that encourage the dialogue process rather than digging out the past. The PM has asked the close aides and cabinet members to promote peace," The Nation quoted an official as saying.

According to him the PM was optimistic about better ties with India, that would result in benefiting the whole region. Pakistan was annoyed by statements from India that they only wanted to discuss Pakistan occupied Kashmir in talks, however, understands this is not Indian government's policy, the official added. According to officials, the Pakistani PM, wanted to give top priority to terrorism, Kashmir and trade when the two sides discuss peace.

“There is no difference of opinion and both agree that there should be no compromise on the stated position on key issues," he added.

Earlier an interaction between Pakistan PM and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Paris and subsequent meeting of the National Security Advisors in Bangkok set the pace for improvement in the bilateral ties.

On December 8, Sushma Swaraj, External affairs minister also visited Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference.

Next month it is expected that Modi and Sharif will meet again in Switzerland. On January 20, the two leaders will be together to attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters. On Thursday, India's outgoing high commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan said the relations between the India and Pakistan were heading towards betterment.

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