A day after a handshake with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that talks with India should not be at the cost of his country’s “dignity, self-respect and reputation”.
He told reporters on his return from Kathmandu where he attended the Saarc Summit at which he and Modi shook hands, that Pakistan was against “talks for the sake of talking”. “The meeting of the foreign secretaries has been cancelled but we can exchange greetings. We can at least ask about each other’s well-being. We shook hands,” he said. Sharif also stated that if India wants to restore ties, the Kashmir issue must be discussed and “that too seriously with full sincerity”.
“Foreign secretary level talks were cancelled by India. Pakistan’s dignity, self-respect and reputation should not be marred. Keeping this in mind, talks should be result-oriented. “If both sides want to solve the problem forever we should have serious talk over the contentious issues, including Kashmir,” he said.