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Pakistan High Commissioner calls for wide-ranging dialogue

Says friendship between the two countries is the only way for a peaceful South Asia

Published: 07th October 2013 10:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2013 10:53 AM   |  A+A-

Pakistan high commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, on Sunday said there was a need for a ‘broad-ranging dialogue and engagement’ between New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve all issues between the two nations. Bashir, who is on a three-day visit to the city at the invitation of the government to plant a sapling at the Biodiversity Park, was speaking to media persons during a private lunch offered to him by the editor of an Urdu daily.

According to him, the recent meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York also discussed the issue of peace along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and stressed on the reinforcement of ceasefire.

“To restore peace along the LOC, the top leaders have decided to ask the director generals of military operations (DGMOs) on both sides to submit their recommendations based on their views about the ground situation to take forward the process of talks,” he said in Urdu while taking on a question.

He also stated that all narrations about incursions and infiltrations were baseless.

“Instead of commenting on the negative narrative about incursion, we say, let the competent authorities, the military authorities, deal with this issue,” opined Bashir, who also pointed out that terrorism was a global issue and Pakistan is one of the biggest victims.

He further added that friendship between the two countries was the only way ahead for a peaceful and prosperous South Asia.

“We share with India, a vision of peaceful and prosperous South Asia.

There is will and determination to build friendship and that is possible only through dialogue. Our strategic priority is economic and social development and that is our national interest,” said the high commissioner adding that ground realities should also be looked at in an objective way.



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