SRINAGAR: Former foreign minister of Pakistan, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, on Thursday stressed the need to ramp up pressure against India in order to resolve the Kashmir issue.
A report carried by Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper said that Kasuri, while speaking to DawnNews programme News Wise, was of the opinion that India’s agreement to conduct dialogue with Pakistan was “just for show for the international community, to show them ‘we are very reasonable’”.
“India is posturing,” he has said. “They are not reasonable. It is a challenge for Pakistan’s Foreign Office and they should send delegations to main European countries, the US… We should tell them about the human rights situation in Kashmir.”
“I have been foreign minister for five years. I am not stupid to think that the international community will help resolve the Kashmir dispute. But this does not mean that we sit idle.”
“The point is to build pressure on India, not to get the international community to resolve the issue. The only resolution of the issue is to hold bilateral talks,” he said.
The former foreign minister, however, rubbished the possibility of another clash between the two countries.
“If war is not an option, then what can happen? There are two paths. The first is to do nothing. The thing about the Pak-India relationship is that it will never be on an even keel. We don’t have the option to not talk. It is only a matter of time before both countries will be compelled to talk,” Kasuri opined.