Basit links regional peace to Pak-India meaningful dialogue

NEW DELHI, India: Pakistan High Commissioner to India on Thursday said that peace was in the mutual interest of both Pakistan and India, and a lasting peace in South Asia could only be achieved through meaningful dialogue.

While speaking at an impressive flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to celebrate the 77th Pakistan Day, Abdul Basit congratulated all Pakistan nationals in India on this auspicious occasion.

The envoy said that under the impeccable and sagacious leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Muslims of the sub-continent realized their dream of creating Pakistan. It was now incumbent upon us to make Pakistan a truly welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam, he said.

Referring to Pakistan-India relations, the High Commissioner underlined the importance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision of peaceful neighbourhood. He said that Pakistan was keen to settle all the issues with India including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through dialogue.

The High Commissioner underlined that seeking dialogue with India was not Pakistan’s weakness but its strength as “our positions on bilateral issues are rooted in principles and international law”.

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