Despite India’s negative attitude, Pakistan to continue to try for peace:Official

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Foreign Secretary  of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday said the country would continue with its efforts for peace in its neighbourhood despite India’s negative attitude and called upon world powers to support Islamabad’s posture in this regard, Dawn reported.

Accodrding to the report Janjua was speaking at a conference on “Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia: Role of Major Powers” hosted by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), where the foreign secretary said, “We are convinced that we will continue to try for peace and stability in the region.

Referring to India’s approach on ties with Pakistan, Janjua said New Delhi was “spinning hatred” and perpetuating “dynamic rivalry”. This, she maintained, was not only unhelpful for improving Pakistan-India ties, but was also stopping South Asia from making progress and attaining peace.

The foreign secretary recalled that India, by refusing to attend Saarc summit in Islamabad, was holding the regional body’s summit process hostage.

She regretted that India tried to drown in controversy Pakistan’s gesture to agree upon Kartarpur corridor for facilitating Sikh pilgrimage to one of their holiest sites, due to its domestic politics, but Islamabad ignored the Indian negativity and decided to “stay the course”.

About the new government’s policy on India, Janjua spoke of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first nationwide address after elections in which he had offered to take two steps for every single step that India would take for normalisation of ties with Pakistan. She said PM Khan in his letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi later expressed willingness to discuss all issues that were part of the ‘Composite Dialogue’.

“Unfortunately we haven’t seen the kind of reciprocation that was required,” she maintained.

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