India: No environment for “fruitful, constructive dialogue” with India: Pakistan

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said the door to diplomacy on unresolved issues with India remain open, but an environment for “fruitful and constructive dialogue” does not exist, according to a media report Friday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftihar responded to questions about relations with India during a weekly briefing on Thursday.

“In diplomacy, you never close the door,” Iftihar was quoted as saying by Zora.

India has repeatedly told Pakistan that it wants normal neighborly relations with Islamabad in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence. India said the burden was heavy Pakistan to create an environment free of terror and hostility.

Iftihar said there is a national consensus on the issue and successive governments have followed the same policy in seeking a peaceful solution to the dispute with India.

A FO spokesman said that despite Pakistan’s desire for diplomatic dispute resolution, “there is no environment for fruitful, constructive dialogue”.

The questions were asked in the context of overtures by the new Pakistani government led by the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the appointment of a Minister of Commerce in New Delhi.

Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi they exchanged messages after the former was elected prime minister to succeed Imran Khan.

Shortly after being elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Sharif raised the issue of repealing Article 370 in his inaugural address. paisley.

He expressed a desire for better relations with India, but linked it to the issue of Kashmir.

“We want good relations with India, but lasting peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved,” he said.

Relations between India and Pakistan fell apart after a terrorist attack on the Patankot Air Force Base in 2016 by terrorist groups based in the neighboring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on Indian Army camp in Uri, further worsened relations.

Relations deteriorated after India announced the withdrawal of the special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and the division of the country into two union territories in August 2019.

India’s move to repeal the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 has outraged Pakistan, which has lowered diplomatic relations and expelled India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad.

It also cut off all air and land connections with India and cut off trade and rail services. PTI NSA AKJ NSA

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