Criticising the Narendra Modi government's policy towards Pakistan and China, Congress on Sunday said diplomacy is not a "take away joint" and asked the Prime Minister to take the country into confidence before working on any "strategic alliance" with the US.
Even as Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, called 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed a citizen who is “free to roam around” in the country, India on Monday said that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief is an “evil mastermind” of the Mumbai terror attack.
Pakistan Monday said it was not aware of any proposal for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on the margins of UN General Assembly this month.
Even as New Delhi's demand that 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed be brought to justice remains unheeded, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday described the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief as a Pakistani national who is “free to roam around” in the country.
Pakistan on Saturday made a strong pitch for normalisation of ties with India after last month's "political setback" and said in diplomacy one should keep or leave the "door ajar" so that whatever was possible could be achieved.
Pakistan remains hopeful of strengthening ties with India despite an angry New Delhi last week cancelling scheduled talks between the nuclear-armed rival neighbours, Pakistan`s high commissioner said Wednesday.
Just days after India cancelled a Foreign Secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, Islamabad`s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on Wednesday stressed that his country was in favour of peace in the region.
CPI(M) on Tuesday criticised the government for calling off the Indo-Pak talks after Kashmiri separatists met Pakistan High Commissioner, saying the decision was "inexplicable" as these meetings could be held only after the authorities permitted them.
Jammu and Kashmir unit of VHP on Monday termed the invite by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to Kashmiri separatists as "strange and ironical", saying the neighbouring country is playing with the sovereignty of India.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday welcomed the government`s decision to call off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan and said India will not tolerate any interference in its internal affairs by the neighbouring country.
Separatists from Kashmir on Monday expressed surprise over India`s decision to cancel the proposed Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan saying it was "unfortunate" and would only ensure that the stand-off between the two countries continued.
Senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday welcomed the upcoming Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks but maintained that bilateral dialogue between the two countries would not resolve the Kashmir issue as people of the state were principle party to the dispute.
In yet another provocation just days ahead of the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks, the Pakistan High Commissioner here Thursday said his country extends "full diplomatic and moral support" for what he described as "legitimate struggle" of Kashmiris.
Amid row over Ved Pratap Vaidik`s meeting with Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan Friday said it was not aware about the meeting and asserted that no action can be taken against the JuD Chief as there was no evidence against him.