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

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

and should resume comprehensive peace talks, taking a cue from the historic summit between US and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has said.

In a rare statement on India, the brother of ousted said the yesterday's summit between Trump and Kim should set a good precedent for both the bickering neighbours to follow.

"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,"

Shahbaz said said in a series of tweets.

The leaders of the US and met in for a summit where Kim pledged to work towards the "complete denuclearisation" in return for security guarantees from

"It is time for comprehensive peace talks in our region. International community must focus on the peace process in Dialogue between Pakistan and over should also resume so that the long-festering dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions," Shahbaz said.

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

Shahbaz, who is a prime ministerial candidate from the ruling PML-N, asked India to leave the past behind and start 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.

Shahbaz said if his party returned to power in the July 25 elections, it will promote peace in the region with a focus on Afghanistan, noting that peace in the war-torn country is "inextricably intertwined" with peace and security in Pakistan.

He also welcomed the initiatives mooted by the and the for a ceasefire during Eid-ul-Fitr.

Terming it 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 in Murree in July 2015.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 13:25 IST