Former Pakistani Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, on Sunday, said that Pakistan cannot “conquer Kashmir through war” and the issue can only be handled with dialogues in an environment of trust.
On the issue of Kashmir Khar said, “only if we continue to talk on the issue, then we will reach somewhere.”
In an interview with Geo News she said that the former Pakistan People’s Party government that ruled Pakistan from 2008 to 2013 had tried to improve ties with India by relaxing visa rules and normalising trade ties.
Khar said a few people believe that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved “if there is a BJP government in India and a military government in Pakistan”. Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf gave India “adequate relaxation on the Kashmir issue” during his tenure, she added.
“Now let us ask ourselves, is US moving towards India because India is a nuclear state, or because it is a military power. No, it is people power and their democratic traditions, if we want to compete, let’s compete on these grounds,” she said on the growing ties between US and India.
Khar said Pakistani children had been taught for six decades that “our national identity is to hate someone” and this had led to hostility with neighbouring countries.
“In 60 years, we have taught our children that our national identity is to hate someone, and we are doing it with those who are physically the nearest. Hostile with India and now hostile with Afghanistan,” she added.