War can’t sort out issues: Imran Khan

December 08, 2013 - 10:35:19 am
New Delhi: India and Pakistan need strong leadership that tells people that war is not an option to sort out bilateral issues, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said here yesterday.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman said he had never believed in military solutions to problems.

Speaking at an interactive session at the HT Leadership Summit here, Imran Khan said Kashmir was an issue that the two countries should solve through dialogue.

He said the Taliban was not an ideological movement and those involved in the Mumbai terror attack should be brought to justice.

Khan also said the future of the Indian subcontinent lay in living as neighbours like countries in the European Union.

Khan said the younger generation in the two countries had not seen the “horrors of partition” and “want to move on”.

“What the two countries need is strong leadership that sells the idea that war was no option and make (people) understand the dividends of peace... we need to have leadership that tells war is no option,” Imran Khan said.

He said cooperation between countries raises living standards, but admitted that relations between India and Pakistan could not improve in the absence of trust.

Khan said there were lobbies interested in fanning hatred in the two countries.

He said Kashmir was a problem and the two countries should solve it “as neighbours do across the table”.

“Kashmir is about people of Kashmir. What is best for them, India and Pakistan should look for,” he said.


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