New Delhi: Imran Khan, cricketer-turned politician and the president of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, on Saturday proposed a joint civil nuclear programme between India and Pakistan that will help the two countries sort out their energy shortage. Such a plant on the border, jointly operated by the two countries, would be a confidence building measure between the neighbours, Khan said.

Addressing the 11th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in the Capital, Khan said there could be no military solution to the Kashmir dispute between the two countries and there could be no solution through militancy. He indicated that “dialogue across the table" between the two countries was the only way to solve the six-decade-old Kashmir dispute.

“War is not an option, hostilities are not an option," added Khan. In the next six months, however, India and Pakistan were unlikely to see any movement forward in their peace process as India goes to election mode and Pakistan grapples with militancy ahead of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan starting next year, he indicated.

When asked about the prospects of a new elected government in India headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after Lok Sabha elections due next year, Khan said it was up to the people of India to decide their own leader. He recalled that the previous BJP government, headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee (between 1998-2004) had done more for the relationship between the two countries.

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