In­dia never shied ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

from ter­ror and vi­o­lence,” spokesper­son for In­dia’s min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs, Vikas Swarup, was quoted as say­ing by ANI.

Sar­taj on Thurs­day had said In­dia was find­ing ex­cuses to avoid re­sump­tion of a struc­tured di­a­logue with Pak­istan on all is­sues, in­clud­ing the long­stand­ing Kash­mir dis­pute.

“This old nar­ra­tive is not a very good ex­cuse to avoid mean­ing­ful en­gage­ment,” said Sar­taj while re­spond­ing to In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s re­marks that “it was hard to de­cide who to speak to about peace in Is­lam­abad im­ply­ing that the civil and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship was not on the same page vis-à-vis re­la­tion­ship with New Delhi.” Swarup claimed his coun­try’s for­eign sec­re­tary was pre­pared in Jan­uary this year to hold ini­tial dis­cus­sion on modal­i­ties of the com­pre­hen­sive bi­lat­eral di­a­logue with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part.

How­ever, he added, the at­tack Pathankot air­base put the di­a­logue process on the back­burner. “Now we await com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the Pak­istani side.” Re­gard­ing Mumbai ter­ror at­tack case, Swarup said In­dian gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing co­op­er­a­tion to Pak­istan.—ANI

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