Committed to build on positivity reflected in Ufa: Pak Envoy Abdul Basit
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Tuesday that Nawaz Sharif was committed to peace between the two nations and that they wanted to build on the positivity which was reflected in Ufa.
Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Tuesday that Nawaz Sharif was committed to peace between the two nations and that they wanted to build on the positivity which was reflected in Ufa.
Speaking on the sidelines of 'Eid Milan' programme at the Pakistan Embassy Basit said, “We all want all issues of importance between Pak and India to be discussed. We hope that very soon our leaders meet and resolve all issues of importance between our two nations.”
The High Commissioner added, “I hope we very soon we move from confrontation to co-operation. I want to assure you that our PM Nawaz Sharif is committed to peace between our two nations,” as per ANI.
Talking on a positive note he commented, “The spirit is there, that spirit needs to be built on.”
On the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sharif in Russia he said, “Pakistan is committed to build on positivity which was reflected in Ufa. We hope that we can make a good beginning.
Imam Bukhari and Tariq Bukhari, Aam Aadmi Party's Iliyas Azmi and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were among those who attended the 'Eid Milan' at the Pakistan Embassy.
Basit comments have come in the backdrop of Pakistan violating ceasefire violations repeatedly in recent times.
Yesterday too, Pakistani troops had targeted several Indian posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
This was the seventh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops since July 15, as per PTI.
One person has been killed and 16 have been injured so far in the firing from across the border.
In July, there have been 11 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army.
In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers, India has warned Pakistan of "effective and forceful" response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.
On July 10, breaking the deadlock, India and Pakistan had decided to revive the stalled dialogue process and quicken the Mumbai attack case trial in talks between PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Russia.
In their first bilateral talks in over an year, the two leaders met for nearly an hour in Ufa's Congress Hall on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and decided that National Security Advisers Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz would meet in New Delhi either next month or in September to discuss "all issues connected to terrorism".
India has been upset over the almost non-existent trial in the 2008 Mumbai attack case, with even the mastermind and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi being released by the court as the Pakistan government failed to furnish the required evidence.
Meanwhile, in a significant decision, PM Modi accepted Sharif's invitation and agreed to visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC Summit.
On the other hand, Sharif came under attack back home on absence of Kashmir issue in the joint statement.
Modi and Sharif had held bilateral talks in May last year in New Delhi when the Pakistan PM came to attend swearing-in ceremony of the Indian leader.
They came face-to- face in Kathmandu in November last for the SAARC Summit but only exchanged pleasantries.
Foreign Secretaries of the two countries were to meet in August last year in Islamabad but the talks were cancelled by India which protested the Pakistani envoy in Delhi meeting Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of the parleys.
(With Agency inputs)