Hope ‘long winter’ in Indo-Pak ties comes to an early end: Pakistan Envoy

Sohail Mahmood

New Delhi, March 22 : Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood on Friday advocated talks for addressing mutual concerns between the two countries and suggested that the lack of engagement creates “dangerous vacuum and serious risks” between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad has been hihjtened after the Pulwama attack and the IAF strike in Pakistan.

“Coercive measures haven’t worked in past; they’ll not work in future. Diplomacy & dialogue remain indispensable for enhancing mutual understanding, addressing mutual concerns&resolving long-standing disputes including Jammu and Kashmir,”Mahmood said.

Addressing a gathering in New Delhi on the eve of Pakistan’s National Day, Mahmood hoped that the “long winter” in Indo-Pak ties would come to an early end.

“A relationship based on sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutual interest is the best guarantee for a peaceful and prosperous future,” Envoy said.

India decided not to send any representative to attend the Pakistan National Day, confirmed Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday during the weekly press briefing.

He further termed bilateral meetings on Kartarpur Corridor, the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and return of the two High Commissioners to their respective Missions as “steps in a positive direction”.

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