Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit has recently taken a jibe at the surgical strike debate saying that such strikes in Pakistan can not isolate the nation. While conversing with audience during an interactive session, Basit replied to a query saying that Indian and Pakistan must continue dialogue process in order to find a solution to all the problems. He also added that the peace process cannot be resolved without solving the Kashmir issue.
Responding to a question on surgical strike in PoK by the Indian Army in September, Basit flatly denied the happening of any such operation. He also said that Pakistan would have surely replied had there been a surgical strike by the Indian Army.
When asked about the cross-border terrorism and Pakistan agitating trouble in Kashmir Valley, Basit said that people in Pakistan thinks about India in the same way. He further added to his statement saying that Pakistan is one of the biggest victims of terrorism. As per Basit, Pakistan thinks India is behind all these terrorist activities happening in their country with a motive to destabilise their nation.
Taking a dig at the ongoing cross-border political theatrics in India, Basit said that people in Pakistan were mature enough and political parties do not get votes on chanting anti-India slogans. After all these rhetorical remarks, Basit tried to end his statement in a neutral note. He said that confidence-building measures should conference to ensure dialogue process between both the countries. Basit also tried to defend all terrorism related allegations by claiming that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was not hiding in Pakistan. The Pakistani high commissioner visited India to attend an event organised by a web news portal in Lucknow.