Both, Pakistan and India agree Kashmir is a dispute: Adbul Basit

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday said his country's government attaches immense importance to having better relations with India, and that both the countries, according to him, agree that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral dispute that needs to be resolved peacefully.

FP Staff August 20, 2014 13:09:47 IST
Both, Pakistan and India agree Kashmir is a dispute: Adbul Basit

New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday said his country's government attaches immense importance to having better relations with India, and that both the countries, according to him, agree that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral dispute that needs to be resolved peacefully.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the High Commissioner defended his government's meeting with Kashmiri separtists on Tuesday saying it was no new development as his predecessors, for decades, have been engaging with all stakeholders, including the separatists, who he believes are important stakeholders in the dialogue process. "We have been meeting Kashmiri separatists for decades, our position has already been articulated," Basit said.

Both Pakistan and India agree Kashmir is a dispute Adbul Basit

Abdul Basit in this file photo. AFP

Pakistan is committed to dialogue with India and would not allow the "process" to be distracted in any way, he added.

"I would like to underline that Pakistan stands by its commitment and vision articulated by our Prime Ministers. It is time for India and Pakistan to work in cooperation and not confrontation."

India had on Monday called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan after Basit held meetings with separatist leaders from Kashmir.

Basit said: "We would not allow this process to be distracted in any way. Pakistan is seriously committed to this process. If Pakistan and India work together, if Saarc is vitalised, I can assure you that sky is the limit," he said.

"Pakistan and I are confident that India will spare no effort to make this process mutually beneficial," he added.

With IANS inputs

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