New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Kashmir issue cannot be solved through war but can only be resolved through talks. He spoke after his minister foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Imran Khan bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor event.

Speaking to media, Khan said “unless there was a dialogue, various options on the resolution of Kashmir cannot be discussed. When asked about the formula to resolve the Kashmir issue, Khan said there were two or three solutions, which have been in discussions.”

Recently, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had ruled out of any bilateral dialogues with the neighbouring country unless terror from there stopped. She had said that terror and talks can’t go together.

Khan also claimed that late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former foreign minister Natwar Singh during a conference had informed him that Kashmir would have been resolved if the BJP had not lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. “It shows that there is a solution of Kashmir and both countries were close to resolve it,” the Pakistani prime minister insisted.

Ruling out the possibility of any war with India, he said two nuclear-armed countries would not fight because “there are always unintended consequences”.

Asserting that Pakistan was serious to develop peaceful ties with all its neighbours, Khan claimed India was not ready to hold talks with the country due to the upcoming general elections. Currently, in India assembly elections are being held in five states and counting of votes will be done on December 11.

Notably, Pakistan foreign minister is being criticised for his googly comment. While lauding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the former bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor event. “Imran delivered a googly and India sent two ministers to Pakistan,” he said, using a cricketing term. A googly is a leg-spinner’s prize weapon, which is almost undetectable. Qureshi noted that it was the same Indian government that had said it will not engage with Pakistan.

He had made these remarks at a ceremony held in Islamabad to observe the 100-day performance of the Imran Khan-led Pakistani government.

Later, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday rubbished Shah Mehmood Qureshi, country’s Foreign Minister ‘googly’ comment, saying that the ground-breaking ceremony and the invitation sent to the Indian ministers was a simple and sincere effort to maintain good relations with India. While addressing TV anchors at a press briefing, Khan had called the ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur a peace initiative.

Both India and Pakistan had agreed to open the corridor for the Sikh devotees for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.  The decision came after Narendra Modi-led government had cleared a proposal to develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.

(With PTI inputs)