WASHINGTON: Asserting that war is not an option for Pakistan and India, a top diplomat has said Islamabad believes there is a need to resolve all bilateral disputes with India, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue.

"Going to war is not an option at all. The reason is both the countries need economic development, have to work for the welfare of the people," Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani told a group of reporters here at an award ceremony held on the sidelines of the annual fall meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

"So war is not an option at all, especially among two nuclear-powered countries," Jilani said in response to a question.

"Thinking about war is unimaginable. So this is the thinking of the Government of Pakistan to resolve all the issues, including that of Kashmir, through dialogue as per international legality."