Hyderabad: A day after he hinted at a possible resumption of dialogue process with India, the Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday said that 'extensive and intensive cooperation with China will continue for years'.
“Extensive and intensive co-operation with China on going that will continue for years to come,” Basit told reporters here.
Reiterating of peace talks between India and Pakistan, Basit further said, “I believe that there are so much scope between India & Pak, that potential needs to be realised.”
“Both countries need to realize that peace is in favour of both countries,” he added.
On Jammu and Kashmir issue, Basit said, "Jammu and Kashmir is a dispute and both the countries should realise that the issue needs to be resolved. Pakistan is for a fair and just resolution of the issue,” ANI reported.
Basit also stated that it is an encouraging sign that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif have placed priority on economic development.
"It is encouraging to know that the Prime Ministers of both nations place priority on socio-economic development, economic growth, and there is compatibility between the two. That should work for the advantage of both countries," he said.
" Pakistan is looking forward to that happening sooner rather than later because we would like to embark on a trajectory which leads to both countries having more cooperation, more people-to-people contacts, more cultural exchanges," he added.
Earlier, a report, accessed by PTI, said that Chinese troops are training Pakistan Army personnel right across the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir which are usually manned by border guarding personnel-- the Pakistan Rangers.
In August, India had called off the scheduled foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, objecting to its envoy meeting Kashmiri separatists on the eve of the dialogue.
(With Agency inputs)