Pakistan wants normal relations with India, says Air Chief

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt says peace and stability in the region is in mutual interest of both countries.

February 28, 2013
File photo of Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.

Chief of the Air Staff Tahir Rafique Butt said on Thursday that Pakistan wants to have normal relations with India as peace and stability in this region would be of mutual benefit for the two countries.

The air chief in a meeting with Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Jakarta on Thursday, stressed that Pakistan attaches great importance to peaceful relations with its neighbours.

Butt briefed Yusgiantoro about the prevailing situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and recent ceasefire violations by Indian security forces.

The air chief said that Kashmir remained a core issue between Pakistan and India.

Both officials discussed enhancement of cooperation in the defence field, including training and exchanging visits from both sides.


Mango Man | 8 years ago | Reply

There is a difference between a desire for peace and working towards peace..........right now there is an urgent need for the Pakistani military establishment to effectively clean up the jihadists & the nefarious elements that it had created, I know it is a difficult job but unless and until steps are taken in the right direction ie by making stronger anti-terror laws & effectively enforcing it,India & the rest of the world will just believe that Pakistan is double-crossing it again.

gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply

@Antanu G: You have changed after your brief absence from thhis board. In the past, your posts seemed to be so onesided in favour of Pakistan regardless of the issue or facts that I as well as many others did not believe your claim that you were an Indian. In fact eveen @Kaalchakra endorsed you. Now I see your comments as being more in the center. OF course you can and should speak up if you feel Pakistan's point of view is correct in some instances, but with the new found balance, I for one will certainly pay more attention to you now. I would imagine others may as well.

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