Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shocked many as he hinted that nuclear war between India and Pakistan may take place if the two neighbouring countries clash with each other over Kashmir issue. Hence, the Pakistani minister asked US to intervene into the matter. However, US has rejected to accept Pakistan's proposal citing India's objection.
A senior US official on Monday, Oct 21 was quoted as saying, "On Kashmir, our policy has not changed an iota. ...The pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine with each other."
Sharif, ahead of his US visit, claimed that world powers should get involved to resolve the Kashmir issue. During one interview in London, Sharif reportedly has said that the world powers should do so as India and Pakistan both were nuclear powers and the region was a nuclear flash point.
India and Pakistan were nuclear powers and the region was a nuclear flash point
While the focus of the Obama-Sharif meeting would be bilateral relationship, including energy, economy and extremism, in addition to Afghanistan, the official said, "We expect India to come up at some point."
"We have been very encouraged by steps that both India and Pakistan have taken," he said "to resolve issues on the trade and energy side, in keeping with the "energy and economy theme" that Obama and Sharif would explore here.
"Obviously (they are) very positive," he said referring to the steps taken since Sharif's meeting with Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York just two days after a summit with Obama where he had called Pakistan as the epicentre of terrorism.
(With IANS inputs)