No country on earth can isolate Pakistan, Basit tells India

Published: October 10, 2016
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Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit. PHOTO: AFP

Amid severe warmongering and India’s hollow claim of Pakistan’s ‘isolation’, High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that no country on earth can isolate Pakistan.

“Rather than wasting time in isolating Pakistan, it is important to look at ways to integrate and connect with each other,” he offered a piece of advice to the Modi government during an interview with Times of India on Sunday.

“I find this amusing. Pakistan is a country of 200 million people. We are blessed with such a remarkable geo-strategic location that no country on earth can isolate us,” he added.

Basit’s statements refute Prime Minister Modi’s claims that he has succeeded in isolating Pakistan. “India has succeeded in isolating you [Pakistan] in the world. We will ramp it up and force you [to] live alone in the world,” the Indian premier had said while addressing a public meeting.

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When asked about the talks between the two countries and Pakistan’s ‘reluctance’ to play a meaningful role in it, the high commissioner said that Pakistan did not want to participate in the talks just “for the heck of it”. “If the effort is to bide more time, to procrastinate then obviously talks for the sake of talks would take us nowhere.”

Denying that there is any impasse on the dialogues between Islamabad and New Delhi, the diplomat said that the framework is already complete and both countries just have to initiate the process.

“We do not have any impasse as far as the framework for dialogue is concerned. The two countries agreed in December 2015, when Sushma Swaraj ‘sahiba’ travelled to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference, on the framework.”

He added: “Now the question is how to start the process. Whenever that dialogue process begins, it has to be on the basis of the agreement we were able to have in December last year.”

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On why Pakistan rejected Indian’s claims of a ‘surgical strike’ inside the country, Basit remarked that if India wanted to consider cross-border firing as surgical strike then he couldn’t stop them. “..had there been any ‘surgical strike’, Pakistan would have responded immediately and proportionately. And we do not need time for preparation.”

Asked why Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would call Burhan Wani a martyr, the diplomat questioned if all those thousands of people who attended his funeral were also terrorists.

“Over 100 people have been killed, more than 14,000 injured since July 9. Were they also terrorists? If you look at the Kashmiri struggle through the prism of terrorism, you would arrive at the wrong conclusion. Do you want to declare all people of J&K terrorists?” he raised multiple questions.

Basit went on to say: “We find it difficult to understand why India is not forthcoming in addressing this dispute. Even the Simla Agreement mentions that this dispute has to be resolved. But how can we resolve the issue without talking?”

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Reader Comments (8)

  • M. Emad
    Oct 11, 2016 - 6:27AM

    ‘No country on earth can isolate Pakistan’ — Only Pakistan is isolating Pakistan.Recommend

  • hari
    Oct 11, 2016 - 6:53AM

    Yep, no country can isolate pakistan, proof is SAARC summit!Recommend

  • HJK
    Oct 11, 2016 - 7:39AM
  • Oommen
    Oct 11, 2016 - 8:19AM

    India is the most geo-strategic location between Asia, Africa and Australia. it rules over Indian Ocean with its blue water Navy. Space Command will give India military edge over other Asian powers.

    Pakistan can just stop Afghanistan from trading with India. Meanwhile China is investing in Thailand to improve its shipping lanes (Thai Canal) They are not going to transport goods through Pakistan. There are many counties in Asia which are more geo-strategically located.Recommend

  • Rana
    Oct 11, 2016 - 8:44AM

    For your so called geo strategic location what you got in return.Every powerful country is using your location.A fool can only think and show bravado for this so called geo strategic location.Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Oct 11, 2016 - 8:55AM

    Due to wrong and dual policies Pakistan itself isolated from rest of the world.Recommend

  • AD
    Oct 11, 2016 - 9:33AM

    Lately,the words coming out from Pakistan’s ambassador,political leadership like ‘heck of it’, and many other negative lingo implies rattle-ness and unease,inability to handle pressure
    Diplomacy,Leadership must handle pressure well if want to represent view point strongly.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2016 - 10:15AM

    @hari. Are you made? Only puppets regimes of India didnt come to Saarc summit. Because of Indian threats. What a isolation. Lol Indians dont have brains. What a shame for Modi terrorist. Recommend

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