Pakistan hopeful of stronger India ties despite talks row

Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said Pakistan was confident of 'overcoming this setback'

Afp August 20, 2014

NEW DELHI: Pakistan remains hopeful of strengthening ties with India despite an angry New Delhi last week cancelling scheduled talks between the two countries, Pakistan's high commissioner to India said on Wednesday.

Abdul Basit said Pakistan was confident of "overcoming this setback" after Delhi called off the diplomatic talks in Islamabad in a blow to warmer ties between the new Indian government and Islamabad.

Basit also defended his meetings with Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders earlier this week, a move that prompted Delhi to accuse Islamabad of interfering in its domestic affairs and cancel the talks.

"We believe Kashmiris are a stakeholder in this (diplomatic) process," Basit told reporters in the capital, explaining that the meetings with the separatists were a "longstanding" practice.

"We will not allow the process (of stronger ties) to be distracted in any way," Basit said, adding, "You will find Pakistan seriously committed to the process."

"There is no reason why we should lose hope of a strong bilateral relationship," he said.

Last month, the two countries scheduled talks between their foreign secretaries for August 25.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise move to invite his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, to his swearing-in ceremony in May spurred hopes that peace talks between the two countries could resume.



kulwant singh | 7 years ago | Reply @Naeem Khan Manhattan,Ks: My dear friend type UN Resolution No.47 and google and read it carefully and then comment without knowing what are the conditions of that resolution there is no use and the first condition is all Pak forces including civilians who entered Kashmir must be withdrawn and then the further process will take place. Ask the GOP are they ready to comply this.
Syed Jalal Kashmiri | 7 years ago | Reply

ET, why did you censor my responses? I am a Kashmiri and my voice is important.

I just want to say that Indians try to portray Azad Kashmir as occupied, but we Kashmiris know the reality. Very few Pakistani soldiers are present in civilian areas, unlike India which is under full occupation.

I am from Srinagar, and we don't accept Indian rule. Pakistan is our friend and ally, and we love Pakistan. If a future Kashmir will be with Pakistan, that's no business of India or anyone else. It is the decision of Kashmiris alone.

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