Source: News Bharati English05 Jun 2016 12:19:25

Nagpur, June 5: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Saturday underlined the need for lasting peace with India and said that the dialogue between the two neighbours must continue to achieve this objective.

He was talking to reporters at a ‘Meet the Press’ program organised by the Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan.

Basit, who had come to a three-day Nagpur visit to participate in a seminar on Indo-Pak relations, ‘Borders without Dialogue’ organised by Lokmat Knowledge Forum, said that the four wars between the two neighbours did not help achieve peace. “Therefore, dialogue is the only way left for both the neighbours”, he emphasised.

The Pakistani envoy indicated that there was hope for achieving peace saying that people in both the countries want peaceful relations and co-existence. “Every political party in my country has on its political agenda the issue of improving relations with India”, he said.

He said that the next generation in Pakistan favoured peace and stability as preconditions for development and there is a pressure on the government to move in this direction.

Basit lamented that the peace process that began with Sushma Swaraj’s visit last year was derailed after the Pathankot terror attack but sounded optimistic over the resumption of talks between the two neighbours.

Referring to Pathankot terror incident Basit said, “We are searching for the mastermind of the incident. This should not be a matter of public debate or discussion. Also do not draw any premature conclusions”.

Replying to a question the Pak envoy ruled out the presence of Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. “Indian fugitive Dawood is not hiding in Pakistan”, he said adding, “How can we hand over someone who is not in our country?”

To a question on legal matters, Basit said that courts in his country are have relied upon precedents laid by the Indian judiciary in the past. “We can look forward to such cooperation since both the neighbours have adopted the British legal system”, he said.

President of Patrakar Bhavan trust Pradip Maitra, NUJ President Brahmashankar Tripathi, Secretary Anupam Soni, retired Justice Vikas Sirpurkar, former DGP Prabir Chakraborty and others were present on the occasion.