In a televised address which lasted for nearly an hour on Monday, Sharif said India and Pakistan should sit together and tackle this issue, asserting that he wanted good relations with all his neighbouring countries including India.
"I still believe that Kashmir is Pakistan's jugular vein. We cannot achieve any target without bringing stability to Pakistan," he said.
Instead of indulging in fruitless wars, the two countries should fight against poverty, ignorance and disease, he said amid a recent spate of heightened tensions between the two countries.
"Alongside the Kashmir issue, we will have to pay attention to strengthening our economy, resolve our internal and external problems and tackle the power crisis and terrorism," he said.
Speaking about the problems in his country, Sharif admitted that the situation is far worse than he thought it was and said Pakistan faced a serious threat of terrorism putting its very survival at stake.
He also spoke on the challenges of power crisis and rampant corruption, giving details about the extent of damage caused of graft and economic mismanagement by the previous regime.
Ties between the two countries soured after the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush by Pakistani troopers along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 6.
Pakistan has denied the allegations and said the country's troops did not kill the Indian soldiers in an overnight attack on a patrol party along the LoC and also blamed the Indian Army for heightened aggression along the border.
--IBNS (Posted on 20-08-2013)