Pakistan’s High commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has said that even though talks are important, Pakistan does not want unfruitful dialogues. In an interview to TOI, he said that it was about time that India and Pakistan went from symbolism to more substance now. He claimed that when it comes to India, Pakistan Army has a stronghold even though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ‘firmly in charge’. This comes after a Pakistan news report had said that the PM had warned the Army about international isolation because of no reaction against terrorists.
He reportedly said that he does not endorse an ineffective diplomacy. Regarding the issue of the denial of Pakistan on surgical strikes, he reiterated that if at all there would have been a surgical strike, Pakistan would have responded appropriately. Saying that Pakistan does not need preparations for it, and claimed that it was a regular cross-border firing. He said that an international probe will be a good option. On the speculations that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has been pressurised by the Pak Army, Basit said that it might be an impression but there is no problem, as the PM has come forward to resolve problems.
On the Kashmir issue, he said that if ‘you see Kashmir, through a prism of terrorism’ you would arrive at a wrong conclusion. He said that India is not forth coming in resolving the dispute even after plenty of resolutions since 1947. Talking about the discussions and dialogues, he told TOI that efforts should not be made to procrastinate, as it has already been 70 years of dispute. He said that sincere engagement is the necessity of the hour. On the issue of Pakistan getting isolated, he said that is not possible as it is a big member of the international community. “We know our place in the world,” he said.