Pakistan pitches for building relations with India
HYDERABAD: Hoping that the stalled dialogue process
will resume soon, Pakistan on Sunday pitched for building relations with India,
saying there is convergence of agendas of the Prime Ministers of the two
“Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had said
there are no full stops in diplomacy. I concur with her that in diplomacy...You
do not completely shut it down. So, let’s hope there are possibilities that
will emerge. So, I am hopeful,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul
Basit said in a media interaction at the Hyderabad Press Club.
India had called off the scheduled foreign
secretary-level talks with Pakistan in August, objecting to its envoy meeting
Kashmiri separatists on the eve of the dialogue.
When referred to India's stance that Pakistan should
talk to it directly rather than involving separatist groups in the process, he
said Jammu and Kashmir is a problem between the countries and both countries
should try to establish peace.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a problem between our two
countries. It is part of the composite dialogue process as well. So, we hope
that whenever we resume the dialogue process, we will be able to build on the
past accomplishments and move forward. Because, peace is in our mutual
interest,” he said.
Replying to a query, Basit said efforts should be made
to see that relations between the two countries grow. “The agenda of our Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif saab is economic development. And the agenda of Prime
Minister Modi Saab is also development. The agendas of both governments meet.
There is convergence. So, there is no reason why we cannot face the challenges
together. The need is that we complement each other,” he said.
Replying to a query on continued ceasefire violations
by Pakistan, the envoy said his country holds a view different than India but
stressed that both countries should abide by the previous agreements.