Reciprocate to Pak offer

As Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is all set to visit Amritsar, India early next month to attend Heart of Asia Conference, Pakistan on Monday expressed its readiness for a bilateral dialogue with India on the sidelines of the moot. In an interview with an Indian television channel, Ambassador to New Delhi Abdul Basit while emphasising the need for dialogue rightly pointed out that talks can be delayed for months or even for years but ultimately both the countries will have to pursue the course of dialogue to address all their outstanding issues.
This is the thing that the Indian leadership needs to realise and sooner they do, it will be beneficial not only for the two countries but the entire region as no matter can be resolved through war hysteria but sitting on table for negotiations. It is, however, lamentable that incumbent BJP government since assuming the office is heating up matters both on the diplomatic front and the LoC. Not only this, the Modi government is also pursuing controversial domestic policies, which has stirred anger within India. In fact New Delhi’s provocations against Pakistan reflect its frustration out of failure in addressing domestic issues as well as positive developments taking place in Pakistan including the operationalisation of Gwadar port. This was out of desperation that the Indian PM the other day once again hurled the threat of stopping the waters of Pakistan. Though under Modi, there are less expectations of any meaningful dialogue, yet we will urge the saner elements across the border to come forward and play their role for reduction in current tension. Last Heart of Asia Conference held in Islamabad had proved helpful in breaking the ice between the two countries and we hope that Modi government will positively reciprocate to the Pakistani offer of talks as this is the only way forward for the two countries to address their outstanding disputes including the core issue of Kashmir. India should shun the current jingoism, war-mongering and stop State terrorism in occupied Kashmir and positively engage with Pakistan to move forward for conflict resolution.

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