Solution to the issue of Kashmir only possible through dialogue: Jaswant Singh

The former Indian foreign minister, Jaswant Singh has said that the solution to the issue of Kashmir was only possible through dialogue, and good relations between Pakistan, and India was the only recipe for peace in region.

Expressing his sentiments while addressing a press conference at Mohatta Palace, the former Indian minister termed it as a matter of honor that he was addressing media for the first time in Karachi, and said that relations between both countries should be exemplary, as no peace and harmony could exist without good relations without two warring countries.

He also expressed it as quite an honor to have authored the book on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which is being read with absolute interest in all Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He said that he was quite pained and hurt over the burning of his book as a protest, as torching of a book of an author is like torching his/her child, publicly. He regretted that his book was subject to illogical and biased criticism, as none had bothered to read it in the first place. “However I am quite content as even India, save for a certain section of elements, embraced my book”, he maintained.

Answering a question regarding the marriage of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza, he said that since even Shoaib Mirza was able to attain a visa for India, likewise Sania Mirza would also be able to get one. He also asserted on easing tensions and distances between ordinary citizens, which would quite be helpful.

Replying to another question, he cited his tenure as a foreign minister, when former President Musharraf visited India as a chief executive, a joint declaration had derided visas on restricted city limits.

He also urged on media to play its due important role in enhancing ties between two countries, while both governments would also have to heed to voices and demands of both masses.

Replying to a question regarding America, the former Indian foreign minister derided the superpower as selfish, and cavernous, unreliable monster, necessitating both Pakistan and India to develop mutual consensus.

Replying to another question, he rejected any notion of any future world war, and said that presence of terrorists in both countries required joint efforts of civil societies and governments of both countries.

Replying to another question about Kargil conflict, he said that Pakistan had started the conflict, but despite that former President Musharraf was offered talks in Agra, while even well before the Kargil conflict, he had also visited, Lahore in Pakistan with then PM, Vajpaye.

Replying to another question, he strongly negated the impression of being a BJP member, hence he refused to answer any queries regarding extremists of BJP.

He also expressed his deep satisfaction over his recent book and said that a book should be answered by book itself.

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