“Once the stage is reached…India makes a request and then we will see,” said Sartaj Aziz in a TV interview.
While there was no official comment from South Block, sources pointed out the apparent contradiction between Basit and the Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s comments.
The truth behind Basit’s comments is depressing: Pakistan’s army has staged what can only be described as a foreign policy coup, rejecting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to seek normalisation with India.
Abdul Basit is both right and wrong on the bilateral dialogue process.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was speaking at the Foreign Correspondents club in New Delhi.
Kher took to Twitter to express his appreciation, but said he would not be able to visit the country as he has “given away those dates now.”
Calling the resumption of dialogue process a signal of the beginning of a new phase in bilateral ties, the envoy said efforts must be made to remove negativity in Indo-Pak discourse.
Kulkarni, chairman of Observer Research Foundation’s Mumbai chapter, said, “I feel satisfied we did not surrender before Shiv Sena’s threat.”
“I can tell you that India bashing is no more an issue in our elections…We have gone past that phase, thank God,’’ Basit said while refusing to react to the BJP president’s remarks.
From the Indian side, NSA Ajit K Doval will lead the delegation, while Jaishankar will be assisting him from the diplomatic side.
At Eid Milan, Pak envoy says move from confrontation to cooperation; Hurriyat attendance thin.
“We hope relations between the two countries will improve and if both sides have the will, then there is no reason our issues such as poverty, illiteracy and disease cannot be resolved,” he said.
Abdul Basit also asserted that Lakhvi was only out on bail, not acquitted and assured that the case was being pursued with all seriousness.
Basit also said the Kashmir problem was ‘not an issue of terrorism’.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit handed over the pitcher carrying the holy water from the Amar Kund of the temple.