Pak­istan Army chief Ba­jwa on peace with In­dia: It takes 2 to tango

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

Pak­istan wants nor­mal and peace­ful ties with a “bel­liger­ent” In­dia but it “takes two to tango”, army chief Gen Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa said on Wed­nes­day against the back­drop of strained re­la­tions between the two coun­tries.

Ba­jwa made the re­marks at a sem­i­nar in the port city of Karachi while re­fer­ring to Pak­istan’s “ex­ter­nal front”, which he said “con­tin­ues to re­main in a flux”.

There have been no sub­stan­tive con­tacts between New Delhi and Islamabad in re­cent months, with In­dia mak­ing any di­a­logue con­di­tional to the end of Pak­istan’s back­ing for cross-border ter­ror­ism. A com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue process agreed on dur­ing ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad in De­cem­ber 2015 never took off be­cause it was fol­lowed by a string of ter­ror at­tacks.

“We have also ex­pressed and demon­strated our gen­uine de­sire to have nor­mal and peace­ful re­la­tions with In­dia, how­ever, it takes two to tango,” Ba­jwa said in his speech at the sem­i­nar on “in­ter­play of econ­omy and se­cu­rity”.

“With a bel­liger­ent In­dia on our east and an un­sta­ble Afghanistan on our west, the re­gion re­mains cap­tive due to his­tor­i­cal bag­gage and neg­a­tive com­pe­ti­tion,” he added.

Pak­istan’ he said, had made a “de­lib­er­ate and con­certed ef­fort to pacify” the border with Afghanistan through diplo­matic, mil­i­tary and eco­nomic ini­tia­tives. HTC

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