LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has reiterated the need for good neighbourly ties between India and Pakistan in the interest of combating the challenges of poverty, joblessness and hunger existing on both sides of the border.

War is no solution to any problem and peace is the only way to overcome the problems of both sides, the Chief Minister told Indian High Commissioner Gautum Bambewala who called on him after recently assuming charge of the office in Pakistan here yesterday. During the meeting matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations were discussed in the meeting. Pakistan and India who have fought three wars since partition on Kashmir issue had embarked on the process of talks since last PML-N government but the same remained rocky due to various reasons.

Last time Secretary level comprehensive talks covering all issues including Kashmir were due to be held in Islamabad in mid January but that were frustrated by the Pathankot terror attack at Indian Army-base on January 2. Despite various voices of the cancellation of talks and pressure on the Indian government by elements in India, still hopes are alive that both countries would enter into negotiations.

The Chief Minister told the Indian HC that good relations between India and Pakistan are necessary for progress and prosperity of the two countries.

He said that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues through purposeful dialogue.

Shahbaz Sharif also stressed the need for maximum exchange of delegations between the two countries and strengthening of contacts at public level for reducing the distances.

The Chief Minister further said that India and Pakistan should strenghthen peace process in a constructive and positive manner.

Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale said that the leaderships of the two countries are taking steps for strengthening bilateral relations. He said that metro train was also criticised in Delhi but this project is providing lot of facilities to the people.

He said that after the success of Delhi Metro Train, such projects have also been started in other cities of India.