NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s Charge d’affaires Aftab Hasan Khan on Tuesday said Islamabad wants friendly relations with all countries, including India, and that India and Pakistan should resolve issues through dialogue.
“To achieve peace between Pakistan and India, both countries shall resolve all outstanding issues including (Jammu and Kashmir) through dialogue,” Khan said in a statement on the occasion of Pakistan Day. He added that peace within South Asia is ‘inevitable’ for the larger interest of the region.
The Pakistani diplomat said each generation had made its own contribution to realise the vision of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who with other Muslims, made a resolve to create Pakistan on March 23, 1940. Khan’s comments come days after Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa urged India to bury the past and move forward while adding that the army was ready to hold a dialogue to resolve issues.
The comments followed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks that the only hurdle between relations between the two countries was Kashmir. However, both sides have maintained that the onus was on the other to create a conducive atmosphere for talks.
Hurriyat Conference to support Indo-Pak peace initiatives
Srinagar: After reports that UAE facilitated back-channel talks between India and Pakistan on border ceasefire between the two countries, Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said they were ready to support initiatives that aim at bringing peace and prosperity to subcontinent and seek a fair and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
“The agreement by India and Pakistan to adhere to ceasefire on the Line of Control and the subsequent statements and actions by the two countries thereafter indicate a positive shift in the relations between the two neighbours. This is being observed with anticipation by J&K people, who are deeply affected by the state of the relations between the two neighbours as they are for past seven decades striving for resolution to the Kashmir conflict,” said a spokesman of moderate Hurriyat Conference led by cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house detention since scrapping of Article 370.