Dialogue between Pakistan, India currently suspended, says Abdul Basit

Published: April 7, 2016
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Pakistan High Commissioner to India addressing a press conference in New Delhi on April 7, 2016. PHOTO: TWITTER/ANINEWS

Pakistan High Commissioner to India addressing a press conference in New Delhi on April 7, 2016. PHOTO: TWITTER/ANINEWS

Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi has said peace process between Pakistan and India is suspended at present, terming the arrest of Indian spy proof of the country’s long-held stance regarding terrorism.

“As far as I know there is no meeting scheduled between foreign secretaries [of the two countries] yet,” Abdul Basit said, while addressing an event at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia in New Delhi.

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Basit said the recent arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav irrefutably corroborated what Pakistan had been saying all along, ANI News reported.

“We all are aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and destabilise the country,” the HC said adding, “They’re bound to fail as the people of Pakistan are united to effectively counter anti-Pakistan subversive activities.”

The high commissioner highlighted authorities in Pakistan had arrested scores of terror operatives with foreign linkages, terming it disturbing.

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Regarding consular access to Yadav, he said Indian request was under consideration, but could not say when it would be granted.

Basit reiterated the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the root cause of mutual distrust and other bilateral issues.

“Therefore, a fair and just resolution is a must and attempts to put it on backburner from our perspective will be counterproductive,” he said.

The diplomat argued there should not be any doubt that Pakistan wanted to have a normal and peaceful relationship with India.

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He, however, made it clear that Pakistan wanted these ties on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual interest, saying there was consensus on this in Pakistan.

Basit stressed the two sides needed to “engage uninterruptedly, comprehensively, and meaningfully.”

Referring to the 19th SAARC Summit that will be held in Islamabad in November this year, Basit said it will help create more synergies and win-win situations.

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  • Kushal
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:00PM

    Thank you so much Basit. You guys are so predicable. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:04PM

    Ok now too much drama has been created and as the objective of not talking to India has now achieved due to pakistan unilateral pull out of talk,time to go home and have some tea coffee and have some rest at the same time India hopes and expects that it will not be further disturbed by Pakistan henceforth to arrange talks or any meet in future.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:26PM

    Ok now too much drama has been created and as the objective of not talking to India has now achieved due to Pakistan’s unilateral pull out of talk, time to go home and have some tea coffee and have some rest at the same time India hopes and expects that it will not be further disturbed by Pakistan henceforth to arrange talks or any meet in future.

    Pakistan especially military from day 1 doesn’t want Pakistan to talk to India and wanted India to 1st cancel the talk from its side so that it can gain International sympathy but that didn’t happened,hence it created Pathankot but India did not cancel the talk,then created RAW drama still India didn’t cancel the talk,so finally the frustrated Pakistan got not option but to announce unilateral pull out of talk.So now both the blame as well as ball is in Pakistan’s court if it want to normalize relations or not.India though will move ahead without waiting for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:39PM

    This is all about Pathankot. The Indian intelligence services couldn’t even tell for three days whether the fighting was over at the base, yet they somehow miraculously within 24 hours pinpointed the perpetrator to be Masood Azhar? Sounds a bit suspiciousRecommend

  • cynic Waheed
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:48PM

    Good – This is the language India understands.. taste your own medicine now.. !Recommend

  • someone
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:50PM

    Another baggage off Indian back. Thanks.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 7, 2016 - 9:44PM

    @cynic Waheed:
    “This is the language India understands.. taste your own medicine now”
    Pakistan has been asking this talk and meet for long not India and if this gets cancels then India has nothing to loose.Talk or no talk both suits India as both maintains status quo for India but since it was pakistan who was asking for this for long this is pakistans loss if any not India’sRecommend

  • quatro
    Apr 8, 2016 - 1:47AM

    Two questions. 1) what benefit is achieved from suspending talks over allegations of spying which everyone knows takes place? 2) Seems like all of the bombings/massacres that take place in Pakistan are related to TTP and other Sunni extremist groups – what’s the connections with India or Balochistan? USA/Soviet Union managed to retained dialogue during the worst of relations …… seems like India and Pakistan go out of their way to stop talks if someone farts.Recommend

  • turbo
    Apr 8, 2016 - 2:15AM

    well done Pakistan. no dialogue with Indian terrorists!Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 8, 2016 - 4:10AM

    Indians never wants peaceRecommend

  • Tp
    Apr 8, 2016 - 6:06AM

    Good. This problem has been around for 70 years and another 70 won’t make a difference.Recommend

  • Marco
    Apr 8, 2016 - 7:30AM

    @Tp: Yeah… lets hope Pakistan survives the onslaught from the Terrorists it helped create for next 70yrs.Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Apr 8, 2016 - 8:02AM

    Not bad, since so called rapprochement was going in circles only.
    We also need to do little bit of homework as well, who leads this kind of initiatives, the “supreme government” led by Gen. Sharif or the Islamic Republic led by Nawaz Sharif. Recommend

  • hameed shaheen
    Apr 8, 2016 - 8:49AM

    Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit Khan has honestly analysed the core cause of suspension Pakistan, India talks at any level in near future; The world itself is very much observing that under the garb of talks India is staging every diabolic, destructive activities in Pakistan through its agents; The recent apprehending of its senior naval officer, the confirmed agent of its terrorist organization the RAW provides live proof to the diplomatic community of the globe about India’s behind-the-curtain ill designs against Pakistan. We support the contention of our High Commissioner in taking off-the-table Pakistan, India talks for the time being.

    Indian intransigence over its Kashmir stance means that Dehli is not interested in peace; She in fact wants to keep Kashmir as dispute to initiate any major adventure against us Pakistan. if ever there is any country unbelievable, that is India. We as neighbor know her; There should be no doubt at all that strategically she is against Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, S Lanka and even against UAE; the present rapprochement betweenDelhi and bangladesh under husseina wajid is not truthful; husseini is revengeful against pakistan, therefore she fell into indian lap;Bengali Muslims too are aware of Indian designs in the region. Recommend

  • Defiant
    Apr 8, 2016 - 6:58PM

    @Vectra
    It’s not Pakistan but India that has been desiring talks. Pak has nothing to gain from India. Indian politicians’ big talk against Pak is only for domestic consumption. The whole world has seen the Indian approach: creating tensions on border by months of shelling killing civilians- forced to stop after Pak’s continuous befitting rely; trying aggressively to isolate Pak globally (esp USA and China) but got opposite results; false flag inside jobs eg Pathankot but very poorly managed and getting exposed (the world paid zero attention anyway), and finally a serving RAW officer confessing and revealing Indian terrorism in Pakistan. The Pakistanis are absolutely against talks with a country that is bent upon hurting Pakistan since 14 August 1947. Most credit for Pak upper hand and India’s weakest ever position goes to the current Indian govt and establishment. We thank them for making things so easy for us. Fully support no talks with India. Great going by Pak civil-military duo (the greatest worry for India).Recommend

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