London: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today rejected the idea of an “independent Kashmir”, saying it was not based on “reality”.Abbasi was addressing a conference on ‘Future of Pakistan 2017′ held at the London School of Economics’ South Asia Centre here.
After his address, the prime minister responded to a range of questions on topics from Afghanistan, civil-military ties, disqualification of his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, to relations with India and the Kashmir issue.
On a question about “independent Kashmir”, the prime minister said “the idea is often floated around but has no reality”.
“There is no support for the demand for independent Kashmir,” he claimed.
Talking about ties with India, Abbasi said relations between the two countries cannot improve till the Kashmir issue is resolved.”Talks are the only way forward, without talks no quantum change is possible,” he said
The prime minister also presented a positive picture of Pakistan’s economy and claimed there has been a marked improvement in every economic field since 2013.