Pakistan says it wants to hold ‘result-oriented’ talks with India, but ‘environment’ not conductive

Pakistan on Friday said it would like to hold “result-oriented” talks with India but the atmosphere is not conducive for such talks. Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed, responding to a question about National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s recent remarks, said: We want normal relations but the tolerance for terrorism is too low. Peace and war cannot happen at the choice of our adversary, we will decide when, with whom and on what terms.

The spokesman said that it is the official position of Pakistan to maintain friendly cooperative relations with its neighbors including India and to resolve all issues through result-oriented and fruitful dialogue, which can lead to progress on outstanding issues, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“We have said that there is no environment for such talks, the same was recently said by the External Affairs Minister (Bilawal Bhutto Zardari). He said that Indian actions have polluted the environment and therefore it is the responsibility of India to take necessary steps to create an environment which is conducive to dialogue. India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and always will be” and will remain an integral part of the country.

India has said that it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. Doval had this week said that India would like to have normal relations with Pakistan but its tolerance for terrorism is very low.

The FO spokesperson also alleged that India also uses the tactics of terrorism to undermine the legitimate struggle for self-determination of the Kashmiri people and divert the attention of the international community from the human rights violations in Kashmir. The spokesperson also said that the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on June 17 this year issued 495 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to attend the rituals related to the annual death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh from June 21-30.

He said that the pilgrims would visit Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib, among other things, during the Yatra. In response to another question, he said that the instrument of sanctions should be used through mechanisms that are available internationally, that is, through the United Nations.

He said that Pakistan’s position on Ukraine was clear from the beginning that the situation is unfortunate and has had multiple consequences, which have had serious implications for the international community, especially including developing countries. Talking about a recent remark made by a member in the Parliament of Canada, he said that Pakistan took up the issue with the Canadian government, asserting that freedom of expression carries responsibility, and Islamabad was baseless and Takes serious exception to unfounded comments.

He said that Pakistan and Canada have multifaceted relations and we want to deepen our bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect and trust and such incidents are not helpful in that context.

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