Some believe this decision has lent credence to the view of separatists, who see Indo-Pak talks as a futile exercise.
Foreign Secretary told Basit not to meet separatists, says MEA; setback to ties, says Pakistan.
The Congress too found the move “strange and an ironical” saying Basit was “feting” the Kashmiri separatists.
Pakistan envoy also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be welcomed to Pakistan whenever he wishes to visit.
India had accused Saeed of masterminding the terror attacks in India including the Mumbai attacks in 2008.
Basit said people in both the countries longed for peace and prosperity and it was mutually incumbent to resolve all the differences.
Making a strong pitch for resumption of dialogue process, Abdul Basit said talks were the only way to resolve outstanding issues.
In his first interaction with the Indian media since taking over as Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, a career diplomat, hopes talks between the two countries renew at the earliest, without any conditions.
High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, Abdul Basit is our guest at the Idea Exchange today.
Basit will take over in New Delhi from former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
Abdul Basit will take over in New Delhi from former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
Officials made it clear that a formal notification about Basit’s appointment is yet to be made.
Islamabad says meet will help intra-regional peace; lunch in Delhi before Pak prez leaves for Ajmer.
Pak says US doesn’t have any evidence against Saeed that links him to terrorist acts.
He said that an amicable solution of the Kashmir issue would be a matter of solace for the Kashmiri people.
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