Pakistan wants uninterrupted dialogue with India: FO

ISLAMABD: Pakistan on Thursday said it wanted uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue process with India to resolve all the issues including core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing here at Foreign Office said, “Pakistan will bring all outstanding issues on the table with India if any meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif takes place at anytime with Narendra Modi.”

The spokesperson said Pakistan had expectations that India will come forward for the resumption of meaningful and constructive composite dialogue process, so that both the countries could focus on sustainable peace and development of the region.

She said Pakistan wanted that all bilateral disputes should be resolved through dialgoue process.

Replying to a question, Tasnim Aslam said if and when the meeting of two prime ministers of Pakistan and India will take place, all disputes including Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, water issue, trade and other issues. The spokesperson said the invitation to the Prime Minister to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Indian Prime Minister was received Wednesday afternoon.

She said the Indian High Commissioner here called on the acting Foreign Secretary and delivered the invitation. In Delhi also, all the High Commissioners of the SAARC countries were invited to the Foreign Office and this invitation was reiterated there.

Whether the Prime Minister would attend or not will be decided sometime Friday. Replying to a question the spokesperson said, “We hope that when the new government takes over, the kind of atmosphere that prevailed during the election rallies will be left behind and we will get down to the business of states craft.”

Answering a question on the incident in Nigeria, the spokesperson said, “We condemn all acts of terrorism. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. As a country which has long suffered due to terrorism, we empathize with the people of Nigeria.”

Replying to a question the spokesperson said Dr. Shakeel Afridi’s detention is Pakistan’s business. “It’s our internal matter as he is a Pakistani citizen and he violated Pakistani law. It is for Pakistani law to take its course.

Pakistan will decide how to handle it,” she added. On the issue of two Indian journalists who had been asked to leave Pakistan, the spokesperson said the question should be addressed to the Ministry of Information.

“We do not deal with visa for journalists. It is not a decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I may point out here that while there are normally two Indian journalists in Islamabad, there is no Pakistani Journalist based in India. The Ministry of Information would be able to comment on that as well, but even when Pakistani journalists are stationed in Delhi, they are not invited to MEA briefings,” she added. The Spokesperson said “on the other hand, we do not discriminate against Indian journalists based in Pakistan; they are part of the media corps here.”

The spokesperson also condemned terrorist incident happened in China. She said, “We empathize with the people of China. We, as always, stand with China at this time. Terrorism is a menace that is hurting us all.”