Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the BBC that peace with India over the disputed Kashmir area would be "huge" for the wider region.
Khan, a former cricketer who became leader eight months ago, said that the nuclear-armed neighbors could only settle their differences with dialogue.
The comments come as India is preparing to vote in a elections, weeks after violence in Kashmir.
A suicide attack against Indian forces triggered cross-border air strikes.
Asked what message he wanted to send to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his country, Mr Khan told the BBC's John Simpson that the Kashmir question "needs to be resolved" and "cannot keep boiling as it is".
"The number one task of the two governments is how to reduce poverty one How we reduce poverty is by settling our differences through dialogue and there is only one difference ̵
India's Prime Minister has used anti-Pakistani rhetoric and stressed national security topics during his re-election campaign.
Many see the election as a referendum on his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) polarizing policy.
The vote is opened Thursday and continues until May. 19659012] Irresponsible Khan also talked about the dangers of the confrontation between the two neighbors.
"When you respond, no one can predict where it can go from there," he said.
If India had "returned and again attacked Pakistan, Pakistan would have no choice but a t answer, "he added. 19659004] "So in that situation, two nuclear weapons, I just felt it was very irresponsible."
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Analysis of BBC editor of world economy John Simpson
Imran Khan has given very few interviews during his eight-month power. So when the BBC and a small group of British and American news organizations were invited to meet him, it was because he wanted to send a message to India on the eve of his election.
He gave the hand of friendship: Let's work together to solve our common problems. The fact is, Imran Khan will ease the atmosphere.
Pakistan's economy is in a bad way. Foreign investors are discouraged by the angry relationship with India, and by the demand that Pakistan allow militant Islamic groups to operate from its territory – he strongly refused.
No previous Pakistani government had done more to squeeze terrorist groups, he maintained. For him, everything depends on a solution to the Kashmir problem.
If India and Pakistan can find it, he said everything else could be sorted out easily.
Why are there tensions over Kashmir?
Both India and Pakistan claim all Muslim majority Kashmir, but only control parts of it.
The children have fought for two wars and a limited conflict over the Muslim majority.
In 2003, the two parties agreed a ceasefire along the province's de facto border, known as the LoC, but the internal turmoil continued.
Many who live in India, administered Kashmir, break Indian rule, and Delhi has long accused Pakistan of backing separatist militants there.
High unemployment and complaints of human rights violations by security forces have also exacerbated internal tensions and rebellions.
What caused relationships to flare this year?
Pakistani-based militants killed 40 Indian troops in a suicide attack in Pulwama, in Indian-administered Kashmir in February.
It was the deadliest attack of its kind for decades, and India said the Pakistani state had a hand in the attack.
India responded with air strikes against what it said was a militant training camp on Pakistani territory.
Pakistan then shot down an Indian jet on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.
The pilot of this plane was captured alive, but was certainly returned to India in what Khan called a "peace movement".  Tensions seemed to have relieved since then, but earlier this week Pakistan's Foreign Minister accused India of planning a new military attack.
India has rejected the claim as a "public gimmick" for the purpose of "whipping war hysteria in the region".
What did Mr Khan say more?
Mr. Khan also spoke to the news agency Reuters on Tuesday. During this interview, he suggested there could be a better chance of peace if Mr Modi were re-elected.
"Perhaps if the BJP – a right party – wins, some sort of settlement could be reached in Kashmir," he said, suggesting that other parties might fear a setback from right over the negotiations.
During his BBC interview, Khan also touched on the Asia Bibi case – a high-profile blasphemy case involving a Christian woman.
Pakistan's Supreme Court upheld its decision to overthrow its conviction and death penalty in January, but she has yet to leave Pakistan.
Mr. Khan told the BBC that she would leave the country "very soon"
"There is a bit of complication. And I can't talk about the media about [it]," he said. "But I can assure you she is safe and she will leave for weeks."