It takes two to tango: Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit tells India

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December 08, 2016 8:36 PM

Pakistani High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit today indicated exactly what his country feels about the relationship it has with India.

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In the wake of a number of acts of terror perpetrated against India by Pakistan-based terrorists, which has been successfully countered through surgical strikes and diplomatic efforts through the world by the PM Narendra Modi- led government, Pakistani High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit today indicated exactly what his country feels about the relationship it has with India. Basit said “Pakistan does not wish to live in perpetual hostility with India. We are positive and constructive, but it takes two to tango.” Commenting on the escalating tussles between India and Pakistan, Basit also said that there are some serious problems between the two countries and ‘we can’t shy away from those’.

“Time has come to make up our mind whether we want status quo or we want to make a new beginning in our ties,” he added further. Recently in an interview with The Hindu, Basit stressed on the need to break the deadlock between India and Pakistan. He was quoted as saying, “It is a slightly skewed approach to think India is doing a favour by having a dialogue process. Pakistan is not begging for dialogue. If India is not ready, we can always wait.”

“We will continue to work to break the impasse, but we are very clear that a dialogue is the only way our countries can move forward,” he added further.

Commenting on the regular ceasefire violation issue, Basit said that the feeling in Islamabad is that there is no desire for a comprehensive dialogue in Delhi. “The problem with LoC firing is you blame us, and we blame you,” he said.

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