Source: News Bharati English29 Nov 2016 10:35:50
Islamabad, November 29: Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Monday said that Pakistan is ready to for a dialogue with India on the sidelines of Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar next week. The comments came while Basit was giving interview to an Indian news channel. "The schedule of Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz is not cast in stone and if there was an offer for talks from the host nation, then it would be accepted by Pakistan," Abdul Basit said.
Urging to restart dialogue between both the neighbour countries, Basit said, "We can delay talks for months or even for years. But ultimately, a solution to the problems between India and Pakistan can only come through dialogue, and therefore, both nations must sit and discuss all the issues that confront them."
He also said that tension along LoC is not in the interest of both the Asian nations. Rise of tensions along the Line of Control is not in Pakistan's as well as India's interest. The Pakistan army is heavily deployed along the country's western borders as part of the Operation Zarb-i-Azb and it is wrong to say that the escalation is being fuelled by Pakistan, he maintained. "We would like that hostility along the Line of Control (LoC) come to an end and that the 2003 ceasefire understanding is turned into a formal agreement between India and Pakistan," Basit asserted.
Noting that democracy is powerful in Pakistan at present and there is no chance of military coup in future, he said, “Pakistan's democracy has matured in a way that the era of military coups is over. Equilibrium has been set. The voice of the people and democracy is becoming stronger. There's no question of a military coup in the future."
Sartaz Aziz had confirmed last month that Pakistan will be attending the upcoming Heart of Asia conference scheduled to be held in India. India had decided to skip the SAARC summit during September which was supposed to be held in Islamabad due to the terror situation in the South Aisa region. Following India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan also decided not to attend the summit.