Islamabad keen on taking forward Pak-India relations through dialogue: Basit

Says Pakistan’s desire to hold a constructive dialogue with India should not be taken as a weakness


News Desk March 23, 2017
Says Pakistan’s desire to hold a constructive dialogue with India should not be taken as a weakness. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has highlighted Islamabad's desire to have good terms with India.

Just after a flag-hoisting ceremony on Thursday at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, Basit congratulated Pakistanis celebrating Pakistan Day with national zeal and fervour.

Uninterrupted talks only way forward for Pakistan, India: Abdul Basit

“Pakistan is keen to settle all the issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute, through dialogue,” he said while speaking during the event in the Indian capital.

The Pakistani envoy was of the view that maintaining peace in the region was in the mutual interest of both the countries. Lasting peace could only be achieved through meaningful talks, he added.

Basit, however, also stressed that Pakistan’s desire to hold a constructive dialogue with India should not be taken as a weakness as “our positions on bilateral issues are rooted in principles and international law”.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the border, President Mamnoon Hussain also said that Pakistan wanted peaceful and friendly relations with India and termed the Kashmir issue an “unfinished agenda of the subcontinent's partition.”

Talks with India is Pakistan’s strength, says Basit

The president also regretted that the irresponsible attitude of India and continuous violations of the ceasefire by Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB) had put peace in the region at risk.

“Pakistan is ready to hold negotiations with India and also wants to resolve the issue of Kashmir in accordance with the resolutions of United Nations,” he added.

COMMENTS (2)

Sajid Ansari | 4 years ago | Reply No, sorry, NO more TALKS with INDIA on any issue, because India plays “Monkey Business” as whenever India is in trouble because of an uncontrollable situation in Kashmir, India asks for ‘Talks” in order to defuse the situation and then plays Monkey Biz, using delay tactics in to start the Talks, because of which the matter is fizzled out. Pakistan is totally fed-up so “NO more Talk”, we will either get the dispute of Kashmir resolved through UN Resolution-1948 of Plebiscite in Kashmir or through a decisive war, for which we are fully prepared. It does not matter if India keeps on saying IoK is a 'state' of India, if so 1. Why the World Bank refused to give a loan to India for the construction of Dams in IoK saying that Kashmir is NOT part of India...? 2. Why China and so many other countries do not grant visas to Kashmiri residents on Indian passports...? Don't throw dust into the eyes of the world, Kashmir is NOT a part of India.
PrakashG | 4 years ago | Reply It is in Pakistan's interest to resolve this matter now. If Modi is returned to power in next general elections, he will agree to nothing less than ceding POK to India. And, by the end of his second term, India might become so strong economically that even POK will start demanding accession to India.
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