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Pak envoy calls for ‘uninterrupted’ Indo-Pak talks for peace

NEW DELHI: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has said that talks between India and Pakistan are a “necessity and a “prerequisite” to improve relations between the two countries. Speaking at an event organised by the South Asia Forum for Art and Creative Heritage, the outgoing Pakistan envoy to India said bilateral discussions should not have been discontinued after the Pathankot attack in 2016. “Both the countries need to decide that they need to be engaged, as was decided at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt , where we…

Senior diplomat Abdul Basit takes early retirement

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has taken premature retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ARY News reported.  The veteran diplomat had submitted an application to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his early retirement which has been approved with effect from August 1. Basit was set to retire from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2018.He is being replaced by Sohail Mahmood, who is currently serving as Ambassador to Turkey. Although there is no reason provided for Basit's…

Indian spy won’t be executed until ICJ’s final judgment, says Abdul Basit

NEW DELHI:  Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in an interview to Indian newspaper has said that Pakistan would not execute Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until the International Court of Justice (ICJ) proceedings on the matter come to an end, even if it takes years. In an interview with The Hindu, the Pakistani envoy said that Jadhav have right to make an appeal against his execution orders in Pakistan. “In case the Court of Appeals rejects a plea of the convicted RAW agent against his death sentence,…

India must not misconstrue Pakistan’s offer for talks: Abdul Basit

NEW DELHI: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said that Pakistan was ready to hold dialogues with India over lingering issues but clarified that Pakistan’s desire for talks should not be misconstrued as its weakness.  He was addressing a flag-hoisting ceremony in New Delhi to mark Pakistan Day. “Pakistan wants to negotiate over all issues including Kashmir dispute,” Pakistan envoy said while emphasising that peaceful talks were in interest of both countries. He further said that Pakistan’s…

Basit says talks with India is Pakistan’s strength, not weak point

ISLAMABAD: Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India announced on Wednesday that Pakistan was ready to hold talks with India, but clarified that “holding talks would be Pakistan’s strength, not weakness”. “After fought wars , we want resolutions of issues through dialogue. If we are ready for dialogue, it is our strength, not weakness,” the High Commissioner said in an interview on Wednesday. Basit said Pakistan had always been initiating frameworks to hold talks with India on all bilateral issues. “The…

Indian diplomat leaves for India after being expelled from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A recently expelled Indian diplomat from Pakistan over alleged improper activities, Surjeet Singh, left the country for India late on Friday night. The Indian diplomat was told to leave Pakistan after the Foreign Secretary had summoned the Indian High Commissioner on Thursday to inform that Islamabad would be sending back a diplomat on suspicious activities. "The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established…

India to expel Pakistan embassy staffer for alleged ‘espionage’

NEW DELHI, INDIA: India would expel a Pakistani visa official for alleged ‘espionage activities’, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, with tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours already running high. A Pakistani diplomatic source said the visa official, named as Mehmood Akhtar, had been given 48 hours to leave the country. India's foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit to inform him of the decision to expel the consular official who was briefly detained on…

Basit insists India, Pakistan should formalise ceasefire accord

NEW DELHI, INDIA: “I think the two countries need to agree to formalise the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” said Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit during an event in the capital city on Monday. Occasional violations of a ceasefire between the nuclear-armed neighbours are common and at a time, when there has been a recent surge in its occurrence and casualties are being reported on both sides, Basit said the two countries need to give the ceasefire agreement a fixed structure by introducing rules. On Monday only,…

Basit calls for ‘serious’ peace talks between Pakistan and India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has called for ‘serious’ and ‘result-oriented engagement’ between Pakistan and India for lasting peace and development in the region. In a detailed interview with Indian Express, High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Pakistan does not see dialogue as a favour by one country to another. “Dialogue is in our mutual interest. If India is ready, Pakistan will be willing, if India is not ready then we can always wait for India to make up its mind”, the commissioner who…