Pakistan-India relations: government urges world community to support early resumption of peace process

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday called upon the international community to support an early resumption of the peace process with India and a resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dan Feldman, who called on him here at the Foreign Office, the Adviser said that Pakistan wanted normalisation of relations with India despite the recent provocation of hostilities along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

“The international community needed to support an early resumption of the peace process and a resolution of all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” he stressed. According to Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, the discussions focused on bilateral relations, recent developments in Afghanistan and in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and relations with India.

During the meeting, Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan was reaffirmed. The Adviser stated that Pakistan was determined to open a new chapter in its relations with Afghanistan. Also, Pakistan would extend support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process.

The US Representative was told that Pakistan was engaging with Afghanistan across a broad range of issues – including peace and security, trade and economic ties, reconstruction and rehabilitation, and regional co-operation. Pakistan hoped that the upcoming visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would move this process forward. “Both the US Special Representative and the Adviser expressed their satisfaction on the progress being made in Pakistan US bilateral relations and agreed that the current round of meeting of the Working Groups with the Strategic Dialogue should be completed by the end of the year”, the spokesperson said.

She stated that Dan Feldman acknowledged Pakistan’s important contribution towards peace and stability and deeper engagement on issues of trade and economic co-operation with Afghanistan. He said that the United States was willing to extend its full support in this regard. “On India, he [Feldman] agreed that there was a need to resume the dialogue process as expeditiously as possible, the spokesperson added.