Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto were ready to resolve Kashmir dispute: Asif Ali Zardari

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto were ready to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during the election campaign.

Zardari while addressing a rally in Lahore on Monday evening, said,  “BB (Benazir Bhutto) Sahiba had spoken to Rajiv Gandhi in 1990 who agreed to resolve the Kashmir issue amicably.

Rajiv Gandhi told Benazir Bhutto that from last ten years, no one including General Zia raised the Kashmir issue with us.”
 Zardari further said Rajiv Gandhi asserted that Kashmir was a critical issue and should be resolved peacefully, adding that Rajiv had said he would take up this issue with Pakistan after coming to power but he was assassinated in 1991.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron also said no government in Pakistan other than PPP raised the Kashmir issue with Pakistan.
Zardari also lashed onto overthrown Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, saying that he (Nawaz) cannot talk on the Kashmir issue because he is the friend of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
He said, “A friend of Modi cannot talk on Kashmir. Sharif was rightly ousted from the Prime Minister’s house for betraying Kashmiris.”

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