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War Is Not A Solution, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tells India And Pakistan

The chairman of PPP also made a statement to the media.

05/10/2016 5:48 PM IST | Updated 05/10/2016 6:37 PM IST
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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) during an interview at his family residence in Naudero, near Larkana, October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

As relations between India and Pakistan remain tense, Pakistan People's party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted out a message for both countries. Quoting another tweet with the footage of Syrians affected by the ongoing war speaking of their miserable plight, Bhutto Zardari said, "This is what war looks like."

At an All Parties' Conference, convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, Bhutto Zardari also spoke up for the government's no-compromise position on Kashmir, though he clarified military strike was not a solution. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he clarified that the issue had to be addressed in line with United Nations resolutions, reports said.

Bhutto Zardari also praised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's emphatic stance on rooting out corruption from Pakistan, starting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been implicated in the Panama papers. "The PM himself is the only impediment on the way to investigation into Panama leaks," he said.

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Bhutto Zardari also questioned Sharif's foreign policy, especially his refusal to appoint a foreign minister. He reportedly held up the example of his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who, he said, had "retrieved Pakistan's land from Indian occupation and secured the release of thousands of prisoners of wars ... in 1971 through assertive diplomacy and aggressive foreign policy".

"This is how," he added, "we can achieve our diplomatic goals."

In another tweet, pinned to his profile, he said irrespective of "what non-state actors do" and what the media or politicians say, the people of India and Pakistan want peace.

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