On the Pakistan Day, its President Mamnoon Hussain said on Thursday that Islamabad is ready to hold talks with India. As he opened an annual military parade on the occasion of the country’s Republic Day, he addressed that the country is ready to talk with its neighbour to peacefully solve the Kashmir issue.
The Dawn quoted him, “We are ready for dialogue with India and want to resolve the issue of incomplete agenda of the division of the subcontinent, in accordance with the UN resolutions on Kashmir.”
He criticised India for its irresponsible actions and violation of the ceasefire which may create threats to Pakistan’s security. Hussain stated Pakistan will give moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their right to self-determination.
He said Pakistan had no aggressive plans against any country but maintained minimum prevention for its peace and stability.
The President said this country had been fighting the war against terror and the armed forces, the law enforcement had made sacrifices for their country. “Pakistan is now much secured than the past because of the unprecedented sacrifices of our armed forces and the people.”
For the first time, Chinese army participated in the parade to support Beijing’s strong friendship with Pakistan. The nation exhibited nuclear-capable weapons, jets, tanks and other weapons at the parade.
This day marks the historic event of 1940 when the landmark Lahore Resolution was passed, demanding a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent.
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said, “Pakistan has always tried to maintain good relations with its neighbors. We also want good relations with India.”
“We hope that we will be able to solve our differences and issues especially the Kashmir issue.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Chief of Army Staff General QamarJaved Bajwa were also present at the event.
Auditor General of Pakistan, Rana Asad Ameen; Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan, Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Khwaja Maaz and other officers of the armed forces attended the occasion.