New Delhi, March 24: India on Tuesday said Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's remarks on Jammu and Kashmir are not in keeping with diplomatic niceties and are tantamount to interference in India's internal affairs.
In response to a question on Pakistan High Commissioner's remarks on the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that Pakistan should effectively address the challenge of terrorism emanating it, which has adversely affected peace and stability in the entire neighbourhood as well as Pakistan's relations with other countries. They are not in keeping with diplomatic niceties and are tantamount to interference in our internal affairs.
Earlier on Thursday, Speaking at a ceremony to mark Pakistan Day at the Pakistan High Commission office, Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit said that India-pak relations will improve. We will resolve all of our issues peacefully, especially the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, which is the primary issue for Pakistan-India ties. we will resolve it according to the will of the Kashmiri people. Abdul Basit also said that 'by the grace of God', 'freedom struggle of Kashmiris would succeed one day'.
Significantly, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said in his address that Islamabad is ready for dialogue with India over the Kashmir issue. "We are ready for dialogue with India and want to resolve the issue of incomplete agenda of the division of the subcontinent, in accordance with the UN resolutions on Kashmir," the Dawn quoted the President.
During the address, Hussain added that Pakistan's traditional atomic power is to ensure regional peace and stability. He also hailed the role of Pakistani security forces in combating terrorism and said after operation Zarb-i-Azb, Raddul Fassad will continue till the elimination of the remaining terrorists.