Meeting Hurriyat Nothing New, Says Defiant Pak Envoy


Despite the Narendra Modi government calling off talks with Pakistan scheduled in Islamabad on August 25 between the two foreign secretaries, Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit went ahead with his decision to invite and meet the separatist leaders of Kashmir in New Delhi.

Pakistan envoy in India Abdul Basit said his country is committed to peace and normal relations with India, and would not let the efforts go waste.

Addressing media at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) in New Delhi, Pakistan envoy said, “Pakistan wants a normal relation with India. We should engage in a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue process and are moving in the positive track, and this positivity will be sustained”.

Stressing on the regional cooperation, he remarked: “If SAARC is vitalised, there would be betterment. We appreciate Indian PM Narendra Modi’s vision of cooperation among SAARC countries in order to eradicate poverty.”

However, Pakistan High Commissioner remained defiant and justified his meetings with Kashmiri separatists. “Meeting the Hurriyat and Kashmir leaders is nothing new as we have been doing it for years and years and years, but Pakistan is always committed to a peaceful solution. The meeting is nothing but a part of our continued efforts to engage all stakeholders to find a viable solution since the issue should be seen dispassionately”.

About cancellation of the foreign secretary-level talks, Pakistan envoy sounded an optimistic note: "The setback should not disappoint us, discourage us to finding ways and means as to how to take the process forward in line with our leadership's visions on both sides of the border. So we will try our maximum to see as to how this process can be taken forward".

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