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Nisar surprised at Indian external minister’s statement

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said the statement of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj regarding Pakistan-India relations is surprising, ARY News reported.

“Sushma Swaraj should openly explain as to which powers do not want restoration of Pakistan and India relations,” he said reacting to statement of the Indian minister.

He said if the government of India was serious in restoring ties with Pakistan then why the doors of dialogue had been closed for a long period.

Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said India was not opposed to Pakistan’s membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

She also said Pakistan and India were enjoying warm relationship and after the Pathankot air base attack in India Nawaz Sharif himself had offered to help with the Pathankot probe.

Nisar said he considered Indian Hindu extremist organizations including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Shiv Sena big hurdle in betterment of the bilateral ties.

“As far as the Indian government is concerned, its policy against Pakistan became obvious in the speech Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made in United States congress during his recent visit,” he said.

He said relations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with head of any country were linked with interest of Pakistan. Indian external minister’s portraying his relations with Modi as personal was not suitable.

The interior minister also said he had written letter to the Sindh government to investigate publicizing of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain’s video. The federation would fully cooperate in this regard, he added.

He said investigation was completed into release of video statement of an under custody Muttahida Qaumi Movement activist, Khalid Shamim.

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