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.
When Ghani visits, India should welcome thaw between Kabul and Islamabad.
Abdul Basit says India, Pak share ‘saas-bahu’ relationship, apologises.
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.