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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

last year and met his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Nawaz Sharif at his home in La­hore.

Bam­bawale added that com­pre­hen­sive bi­lat­eral di­a­logue was sched­uled to be held on Jan­uary 15 but at­tack on Pathankot Air­base on Jan­uary 2 this year changed the sce­nario com­pletely.

The In­dian high com­mis­sioner said that diplo­mats from both the side are work­ing for cre­at­ing such an en­vi­ron­ment where di­a­logue process can be re­sumed.

He added that In­dia is ready to dis­cuss all the is­sues with Pak­istan. “All the bi­lat­eral is­sue will be dis­cussed once the di­a­logue process is re­stored,” the high com­mis­sioner said.

Both the coun­tries should re­sume the sports ac­tiv­i­ties as well, he added. “Pak­istan and In­dia should play hockey matches be­side cricket as it will bring the peo­ple from both sides much closer,” he sug­gested.

Prime Min­is­ter’sAd­viser on For­eign Af­fairs Sa­traj Aziz had ear­lier said In­dia was avoid­ing di­a­logue with Pak­istan be­cause that meant is­sues such as Kash­mir will have to be ne­go­ti­ated.

Con­tra­dict­ing In­dian pre­mier Naren­dra Modi’s re­cent state­ment in which he placed the onus of stalled talks on Pak­istan, Aziz as­serted Pak­istan was not re­frain­ing from talks with its neigh­bour.

He said Pak­istan had plans for ex­ten­sive talks with In­dia on is­sues such as Kash­mir, Si­achen, Sir Creek, eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, trade, visas and the de­tain­ment of fish­er­men, amongst oth­ers.

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