Talks with India can’t be held without Kashmir: Khawaja Asif


ISLAMABAD, Sep 17 (APP): Minister for Defence Khawaja
Muhammad Asif on Saturday said Pakistan could not hold talks  with India without putting Kashmir issue into the agenda.

Kashmir issue is the core issue for Pakistan and should
be resolved through dialogue, he said talking to a private news channel.

The minister said, “India is our enemy from the very start but wished that it should not remain enemy forever.”

He said democracy in the country was in its evolutionary process, adding the defense of the country would further strengthen if the nation became more strong.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Pakistan armed forces were strong, vigilant and powerful and the world acknowledged that Pakistan was better than India in technical weapons.

Such technical weapons could be used in safeguarding the motherland.

He said India levelled baseless allegation on Pakistan including Samjhota express and others but not even a single allegation was proved.

Replying to a question, he said Afghanistan President Ashraf
Ghani was trying to protect his seat. Ghani government did not have writ in whole of its territory.

He informed that Ashraf Ghani was a banker not a politician.
He said Afghan refugees should go to their homeland as they
were burden on our economy.

The minister said the evidence had been provided to Afghan
government regarding Mulla Fazalullah but no action was taken against him.

Pakistan and Afghanistan peace was interlinked with each
other. Pakistan wanted cordial relations with all neighboring
countries, he added.

He said China was the all weather friend of Pakistan and the latter was also enjoying good ties with America.

To another query, he said the national economy was further
growing due to prudent policies of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government.

He said Prime Minister office was more powerful during eight
years as compared to past and playing constitutional its role effectively.

To another query, he said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri being a Canadian nationalist had returned to his country.

Dual nationality case was subjudice in anti-terrorists
court, he added.