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Shabbir Shah hails PM Modi’s move, reminds him of Kashmir problem

Shabbir Shah

Srinagar: Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan as “a good move”, separatist leader Shabir Shah on Friday said Pakistan too responded positively and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to airport to receive his Indian counterpart.

“It’s nice that after a hiatus of 11 years, an Indian Prime Minister went to Pakistan, it’s a good move and we don’t have any objection to it,” said Shah.

He, however, reminded that Kashmir is the core issue between India and Pakistan, which both nations should address.

“Modi Shaab has got full majority, and thus, is in a position to take bold decisions. He must address the Kashmir issue, if India wants to become a global power, because Kashmir problem is a major hindrance in its path,” he said.

On his way back to New Delhi from Moscow, Prime ministers Modi and Sharif met at the latter’s residence Raiwind Palace, the ancestral home of the Sharifs, in Lahore, where he also discussed Indo-Pak relations with him. “Beyond the noise, a personal connect. The Prime Ministers discuss #IndiaPakistan relations in Raiwind,” tweeted Vikas Swarup, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.

The relations between India and Pakistan have witnessed some positive developments in recent past. The two countries recently decided to launch a comprehensive dialogue after Prime Ministers Modi and Sharif met in Paris.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Modi visited Kabul, where both India and Afghanistan agreed to increase and expand training opportunities for Afghan National Security and Defence Forces in relevant Indian institutions, based on the requirements of Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Modi also reiterated India’s full support to Afghanistan for strengthening its defensive capabilities for preserving its unity and territorial integrity and ensuring security, and strongly supported Afghan government-led reconciliation process, which respects the red lines drawn by the people of Afghanistan and the international community. (ANI)