Talks with India is Pakistan’s strength, not weakness: Basit

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Islamabad—Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has said that Pakistan was ready to hold unconditional dialogue with India, however made it clear that “holding talks would be Pakistan’s strength, not weakness”.
In an interview with BBC on Wednesday, Abdul Basit said, “After fought wars [with India], we want resolution of issues through dialogue. If we are ready for dialogue, it is our strength, not weakness.”
He said that Pakistan in last many decades had worked out several frameworks to hold talks with India on all issues.
Abdul Basit further said that the basic thing was that dialogue should be a comprehensive one, including all issues.
Commenting on Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement that dialogue and terrorism cannot go side by side, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan could also put up similar conditions such as situation in Jammu and Kashmir and withdrawal of troops from Siachen.
However, he said problems could only be resolved at the dialogue table.
Abdul Basit said due to confrontation, both Pakistan and India were not making progress.
“Negotiations are the need of South Asia and the entire world…We waited for it earlier and would continue to do so,” he said.
To a question on Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Maulana Azhar, the High Commissioner said the cases were in the courts, adding that Pakistan was ready to take action if provided any proof against them.—INP