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Full text of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit speech on J&K

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was speaking at the Foreign Correspondents club in New Delhi.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit at the 69th Independence Day Celebrating at Pakistan High Commission in new Delhi on Friday Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey 14 aug 15
In this file photo, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit is seen at the 69th Independence Day Celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. (Source: Express Archive)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There shouldn’t be any doubt that Pakistan wants to have a normal and peaceful relationship with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual interest. There is national consensus on this in Pakistan.

However, there is no shortcut to achieving a lasting peace. Nor does cherry-picking work. What we need is to engage uninterruptedly, comprehensively, and meaningfully.

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Let’s be realistic. It is the Jammu & Kashmir dispute that is the root cause of mutual distrust and other bilateral issues. Therefore, it’s fair and just resolution, as per the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, is imperative. Attempts to put it on the back burner will be counterproductive.

It is high time to break the carapace of complacency and dispense with self-serving approaches.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

The recent arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav in Pakistan irrefutably corroborates what Pakistan has been saying all along. We all are aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and destabilize the country. They are bound to fail as the people of Pakistan are united to effectively counter anti-Pakistan subversive activities.

In the last one month, our authorities have arrested scores of terror operatives with foreign linkages. The presence of such elements is quite disturbing to say the least.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Pakistan is confidently moving forward.

The Zarb-e-Azb operation against terrorism and militancy is yielding good results. Our economy is also showing signs of recovery. Macro-economic indicators are encouraging. There is special emphasis on infrastructure development and energy projects. With growing foreign investments the overall economic situation is steadily improving.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly believes in enhancing regional cooperation and connectivity. However, a strong regional cooperative structure cannot be built on unpredictable bilateral relations. We need to move on all fronts simultaneously if we are to benefit from the opportunities unleashed by globalization.

The 19th SAARC Summit will be held in Islamabad in November this year. We sincerely hope the Summit, building on the past achievements, would help create more synergies and win-win situations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Pakistan is an important member of the international community. Our contributions in developing non-discriminatory and effective multilateral frameworks, ranging from security to economic cooperation to human rights issues are recognized the world over.

It is in this spirit, Pakistan continues to be one of the largest troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

Pakistan, a country of 200 million people, is blessed with enormous resources. We have begun our march towards stability and prosperity. Nothing can detract us from realizing our potential.

Let me conclude by saying that Pakistan straddles South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia. Our country is therefore destined to become a regional economic hub. And the world will see this happening sooner than later.

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Thank you very much once again for inviting me to the FCC. I look forward to an interesting discussion.