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After US-N Korea summit, PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif asks India to follow suit

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif's brother and has asked to resume peace talks with Islamabad, saying the summit between the US and should set a good precedent for both the bickering neighbours to follow.

Marking an epoch in the history of the decades-long tense relationship between the US and North Korea, leaders of the two countries yesterday met in for a summit where the North's pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation" in return for security guarantees from

"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 and can return from the brink of a nuclear flashpoint, there is no reason why and cannot do the same ... beginning with a dialogue on Kashmir," 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 Dialogue between and over should also resume so that the long-festering dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions."

Political pundits in believe that Nawaz's efforts to normalise ties with was one one of the major reasons behind his ouster as

Shahbaz, who is a prime ministerial candidate from his party, also asked India to leave behind the past tensions between the arch-rivals and starts afresh.

"The US and 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 was needed to resolve the long-festering dispute in accordance with the resolutions.

The said if his party returns to power in July 25 elections, it will promote peace in the region with a focus on Afghanistan, as peace in is "inextricably intertwined" with peace and security in Pakistan.

He welcomed the initiatives mooted by the and the Afghan for ceasefire in during Eid-ul-Fitr.

Terming it as a positive first step towards promoting an Afghan-led Afghan-owned peace process, Shahbaz said the had played a pivotal role in initiating steps for peace in Afghanistan, including hosting the first-ever direct, face-to-face talks between the and the Afghan in Murree in July 2015.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 13:20 IST