India wants Pakistan to renounce violence and take “strong preventive action” against terrorists and extremists without discrimination, the Indian envoy to Islamabad said today. “India wishes Pakistan well in its nation building process. India wishes to see a stable, moderate and prosperous Pakistan which is at peace with itself, at peace with its neighbours and at peace with the world,” India High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale said at the inauguration of the 8th Karachi Literature Festival. He said as this year’s festival commemorates the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence “perhaps some introspection may not be out of place”.
“India wishes to see a Pakistan which abjures violence and takes strong preventive action against terrorists and extremists. India wishes to see a Pakistan which does not distinguish between good and bad terrorists but instead moves against all such elements irrespective of whom their hatred is directed against,” he said in a statement.
The High Commissioner said he was happy that several writers and authors from India have been invited to the festival.
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“I am sure they will contribute positively to your deliberations and interactions.” Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18 last year by Pakistan-based terrorists.