Time for India, Pakistan to make a new beginning: Abdul Basit

Almost a month after New Delhi cancelled talks with Islamabad, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said that both the countries should make a new beginning.

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014, 17:04 PM IST
Time for India, Pakistan to make a new beginning: Abdul Basit

New Delhi: Almost a month after New Delhi cancelled talks with Islamabad, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said that both the countries should make a new beginning.

Speaking at Alishan Pakistan Expo in Pragati Maidan, Basit asserted that Indo-Pak relations are unique and both the neighbours should forget the past and make a new beginning.

“The economic and commercial relation constitutes an important aspect between both India and Pakistan,” Basit said.

Encouraging the lifestyle exposition 'Aalishan Pakistan', the Pakistani envoy said that such events will show the path to create opportunities for both the neighbours.

The Narendra Modi government on August 19 called off the talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.

India cancelled the talks, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

Pakistan described the cancellation of the talks as a "setback" to Indo-Pak ties and defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying it was a "long-standing practice" to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys.