India, Pakistan should formalise ceasefire agreement: Abdul Basit

“I think the two countries need to agree to formalise the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” Basit said at an event in New Delhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 2:52 pm
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At a time when ceasefire violations between India and Pakistan are occurring almost daily and casualties are being reported on both sides, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Monday said the two countries need to formalise the ceasefire agreement.

“I think the two countries need to agree to formalise the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” Basit said at an event here.

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On India’s diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan following the Uri attack, he said, “How on earth it is possible to isolate a country on terrorism when that country itself is the worst victim of terrorism?”

He called for sustained diplomacy to forge an “effective cooperative paradigm” to improve ties. “We need to move from symbolism to substance and from conflict management to conflict resolution,” Basit said.

He said the issue of Jammu & Kashmir was the “root cause” of all problems between the two countries and Pakistan does not need “misplaced jingoism and hyper-nationalism” to pursue its foreign policy objectives.