Kashmir issue main cause of India-Pak tension: Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged New Delhi to hold talks on all issues, including Kashmir. He also termed Kashmir dispute as the main reason of tension between the two countries.

The issue should also be raised at other platforms besides bilateral talks between the two neighbouring countries, Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying on Tuesday.

“Sooner the issue is resolved, the better it will be for both the countries,” he said, adding Pakistan will continue playing its due role for peace and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif have also been reportedly confirmed to stay in the same hotel in New York as speculation grows on whether the two leaders will meet when they arrive in the city for the landmark 70th UN General Assembly session this week.

According to reports, Narendra Modi who arrives on Wednesday evening, will stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Sharif will also stay in the same hotel when he reaches New York on the evening of September 25. There has been no official announcement about any meeting yet.

Earlier, The United States had said that India and Pakistan Prime Minsters should decide on the time and place for their meeting as the respective leaders head toward New York to attend the UN General Assembly session raising possibility of a meeting.

“They (leaders of India and Pakistan) have to determine what is the right place and right time (for a meeting). We would certainly welcome it, whether it is on the margins of the UN or any other venue and timing. That is really for the two countries to determine,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal, told PTI.

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