"There is no scope of Pakistan winning any such war in my lifetime," he told reporters.
        
He was reacting to a reported statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a daily newspaper that Kashmir is a flash point which "can trigger a fourth war" with India.
        
The reported statement was published in an influential daily of Pakistan, which has since been denied.  Sharif's office said he had never "uttered these words" in his address to the Pak-occupied Kashmir Council and described the report as "baseless, incorrect and based on malafide intentions".
        
His office also said that Sharif was of the opinion that any issue of conflict between Pakistan and India has to be resolved through peaceful means.
    
Kashmir is a flashpoint that can trigger a fourth war between Pakistan and India anytime, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said, seeking an early settlement of the issue.
    
    
"Kashmir is a flashpoint and can trigger a fourth war between the two nuclear powers at anytime," he was quoted as saying by the Dawn daily in his brief address to the budget session of the 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Council' in Pak-occupied Kashmir.

He also said he had a dream of seeing Indian Kashmir free and hoped to see it
happen during his lifetime.

The press release issued by his office did not carry the above statement.
    
The statement had however quoted Sharif as saying that the Kashmir issue should be settled according to the aspirations of the people and the UN resolutions as peace in the region was not possible without it.
    
"The Prime Minister said that he had a dream of seeing held-Kashmir free from the Indian occupation and desired that this dream could turn into reality during his lifetime," the statement said.
    
About Indo-Pak relations, the Prime Minister categorically reiterated that it was India which indulged in the arms race, it said.
    
"We were drawn into arms race by India," he said.
    
"If we had a choice, we could have diverted these expenditures to the social sector uplift and eradication of poverty," he emphasised.
    
Sharif also expressed his satisfaction over the improvement of situation on the Line of Control
    
Sharif also "expressed his dismay at the contradictory stance taken by the Indian government" in addressing the core issue of "occupied" Kashmir.
    
During his meeting with the leadership of the All Parties Hurryiat Conference (APHC) here after presiding over a meeting of AJK Council as its chairman, the Prime Minister said that it was his desire that the issue must be resolved at the earliest.
    
Underlining the historic aspects of the Kashmir issue, the Prime Minister said that it was a long standing issue, and must be settled in accordance with the UN resolutions.
    
"I have raised the issue with US President Barack Obama and he also agreed in principle that the issue should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions," he said.
    
The Prime Minister said that whatever he suggested for the resolution of the issue had sincerity and weight, adding, "You have already seen our commitment to the issue in past and it is our deep desire that the issue should be taken forward towards its resolution in accordance with the desires of the Kashmiri people."
    
"On the other hand, the Indian government's repeated declaration of terming held-Kashmir as its integral part despite UN resolutions on the subject, shows its lack of sincerity to resolve the matter," he added.
    
Sharif asked the Kashmiri leadership to offer their suggestions and proposals for expediting the resolution of this long-standing bone of contention between the two neighbouring countries.
    
He also urged the international community to play its due role in the settlement of Kashmir issue, the statement said.

(Agencies)

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