Pakistan will remain positive and constructive in its ties with India and expects both countries to pull out of the current crisis with maturity from their leaders, High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Abdul Basit has said.
“As our prime minister has said at the UN General Assembly, Pakistan iterates its desire to have a normal, cooperative relationship with India and resolve all problems peacefully,” Basit told The Telegraph in remarks published on Sunday.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn news, Basit said India’s National Investigation Agency was still probing the Uri incident to determine what really happened. In the attack, 18 Indian soldiers were killed in an alleged militant attack.
“I would humbly suggest that it is not helpful to jump the gun. Having said that, we have seen how we cooperated after Pathankot. Things were moving in the right direction. If we could maintain that spirit I am confident we can prevent the situation from worsening.
“I am a diplomat and I would like diplomacy to win. I, for one, would not like to believe that bilateral diplomacy has exhausted itself,” Basit said.
Basit said Pakistan was committed to not allowing its territory to be used for violence anywhere in the world, including India.
The envoy acknowledged there had been signs of military readiness on both sides since Uri, but said: “I am not worried we are about to go to war. I strongly believe Pakistan and India do not gain anything from creating hype. War is not a solution, war creates more problems.
“I would strongly urge that the problems we have should be solved through peaceful means. We can perhaps afford not to talk to each other for some time, but addressing our many bilateral, regional and global challenges can only happen through dialogue. I am not ready to give up on that. We should not allow war hysteria to dominate our narrative.”
This comes after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday criticized Pakistan, accusing it of being an exporter of terrorism, and vowing to mount a global campaign to isolate it.
“People of Pakistan should question their leadership on why, when both countries gained freedom together, while India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorists,” Modi said.
India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant groups operating in disputed Kashmir as well as of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence.