No talks with India sans Kashmir: Basit


‘War does not serve either country’s interest’

New Delhi—Pakistan High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit Khan has said that Pakistan wants to hold dialogue with India but there can be no dialogue without including Kashmir issue. He said if India is not ready for dialogue then it is loss of all of us. He said no considerable progress has been made on the Kashmir issue during the last 70 years. He said wars are not in favour of Pakistan and India. He said Pakistan wants to hold comprehensive dialogue with India but India only wants to talk terrorism issue.
In an interview with Pakistan’s official TV channel Abdul Basit said if India will move towards war with Pakistan then the development agenda of Indian government would badly be affected, adding that according to his assessment no war is going to be held between the two countries. He said resolution of Kashmir dispute is vital for maintaining relations between the two countries based on confidence.
He said it seems that India has no desire to hold result oriented dialogues on the Kashmir issue with Pakistan. “India wants to hold dialogues with Pakistan according to its own terms.”
He said, Pakistan and India have an agreed framework for bilateral dialogue that was finalized during the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last year. He said India wants to avoid inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir in the dialogue but without Kashmir the dialogue process is meaningless.
The High Commissioner said that India wants to divert the attention of the world from gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by leveling baseless allegations against Pakistan.
To a question, he said various observers in New Delhi believed that internal political situation drived the Indian policy on Pakistan and the current tension between the two countries would subside after the upcoming elections in the Indian states of Uttar Pardesh and Punjab.
To another question the High Commissioner said Pakistan had a principled stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and it would continue to pursue the issue at all international fora.—SABAH