#Day119: Pakistan Open to ‘Result-Oriented, Sustainable’ Dialogue




Nafees Zakaria

Nafees Zakaria

Pakistan on Thursday said it remains open to “result-oriented” and “sustainable” dialogue with India, even as it blamed New Delhi for the current crisis in bilateral relations and for not responding to Islamabad’s repeated overtures for talks.

“This present crisis is India’s doing. Pakistan has always pursued a policy of maximum restraint and patience and made many gestures towards peaceful relations with India, but India remains intransigent and arrogant,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly briefing.

“Our repeated offers of talks remain un-responded. We remain open to a result-oriented and sustainable dialogue,” Zakaria said.

His statement comes amid rising tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi after Pakistan formally named eight officials of Indian High Commission here for involvement in subversive activities.

Talking about the eight Indian officials identified for activities against Pakistan, Zakaria said that it was a serious issue and confirmed Pakistan’s stance regarding the involvement of Indian state agencies in subversive activities for the purpose of destabilising the country.

“This is a grievous development that goes against the accepted norms of conducting diplomatic relations. This serious and most deplorable development is under constant review by the relevant authorities, who will determine the next course of action,” he said.

He also condemned the alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

Raising the Kashmir issue, the spokesperson said: “Regrettably, India remains in constant violation of UNSC Resolutions and UN Charter. It extends no cooperation to UNMOGIP. International Community must take note and hold India accountable for its crimes in Kashmir.”

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