Modi willing to resolve all issues with Pakistan

Published: March 24, 2016
Indian PM Narendra Modi PHOTO: AFP

Indian PM Narendra Modi PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday his country was willing to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere ‘free from terrorism and violence’.

In a message felicitating Premier Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan Day, Modi expressed India’s desire to build good neighbourly relations with Pakistan.

Modi extends felicitations on Pakistan Day

According to a statement issued by India’s High Commission in Islamabad, Modi extended ‘warm wishes’ for Nawaz’s good health and well-being as well as for peace and progress for the people of Pakistan. “Greetings to the people of Pakistan on their national day,” Modi said on his official Twitter handle.

The greetings come at a time when the two neighbours are struggling to reengage after years of acrimony and recrimination. The two nations agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in December last year but the process stalled after an attack on the Pathankot airbase in Indian Punjab left at least 7 security personnel dead.

Pakistan wants ‘normal’ ties

Islamabad’s top diplomat in New Delhi Abdul Basit said on Wednesday that Pakistan was looking for ‘normal’ ties with India on the basis of ‘mutual respect and interest’ as he called for resolution of all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, between the two hostile neighbours, according to the New Indian Express.

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Speaking to reporters at a reception held at the High Commission in New Delhi, Basit voiced hope that the impending arrival in India of the JIT probing the Pathankot assault would be able to do their work ‘productively’.

“Let the team come. We will see. It’s a positive development, I think. We hope the team would be able to do its work productively,” he said of the JIT. Speaking about the foreign secretary-level talks, Basit said no date has been finalised but hoped that a meeting would take place ‘sooner rather than later’.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • sputnik
    Mar 24, 2016 - 10:23AM

    @Modi, dear, Kashmir is integral part of India according to u, then what r other all issue, plz make me understandRecommend

  • Mar 24, 2016 - 10:24AM

    Yes, but stop Blaming Pakistan to cover your own fault/defect and simultaneously stop interfering in Pakistan’s internal affair.
    Avoid Hypocritical approach by allowing Pakistani cricketers to play in India in (All Types of Format) and at the same time issue Visas to all other Pakistani Sportsperson to participate in all Sporting events in India. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Mar 24, 2016 - 11:56AM

    how can u resolve issue if you dont agree on basic definition of THE issue?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 24, 2016 - 2:30PM

    Stephen P. Cohen, while participating in the Hudson institutes’s thinktank meeting, predicted that Pakistan and India would make permanent peace in both shareef and modi’s second term in office, around 2018 to 2020.
    Both shareef and modi want leave behind a legacy, and even the armies of both the countries are now ready to dissolve the hatred.Recommend

  • Rao
    Mar 24, 2016 - 6:07PM

    Pakistan is a martial nation with more than 100 + nukes, submarines, armed drones, formidable battle tested military, tactical nukes, Chinese supplied fighters-bombers ballistic missiles etc. With Allah’s will, it can annihilate its enemies in a matter of hours.

    Why then is it interested in having normal relations with India? It can get what it wants including Jammu and Kashmir without any pleas. It shouldn’t project weakness, but should speak to India with strength.Recommend

  • Fareed
    Mar 24, 2016 - 10:43PM

    Can you please share some authentic source/link which describes what you stated.

  • Rao
    Apr 2, 2016 - 7:04PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan: Sir: please don’t take words of these specialists too seriously and take it with lots and lots of salt! Stephen Cohen (SC) was once a specialist and Sovietologist in the heydays of Soviet Superpower era. Then it collapsed and now he is a South Asian specialist, you see! See we all needs jobs to survive and SC is no different. Good writing skills are important and in Washington DC there hundreds of these think tank experts and lobbiests. SC is one among many.

    I am contemporary of SC and know his CV. So take it from meRecommend

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