Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit has revealed in an interview with Indian TV channel that that Pakistan is ready for dialogue with India on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar next week. Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz is all set to reach India to attend the conference. Basit was of the view that if host country will extend an offer for talks then Pakistan would accept it.
This is a welcome move, and a much needed one, considering the recent scale of hostilities between two neighboring countries. In recent weeks incidents of ceasefire violations have increased manifold and civilians along with soldiers are becoming victims of unprovoked firing on Line of Control and Working Boundary. Dozens of civilians including women and children living along side bordering areas have become victim of Indian aggression. Pakistan’s offer of dialogue is an appreciable move, but on other side of the border Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is issuing provocatory statements and threatening to revoke the Indus Water Treaty. He is passing such statements to please the sentiments of people of Punjab ahead of the elections. Modi should realize that people of India have voted for him and he should think about the broader perspective rather than maximizing some petty political interests. On the one side he says that both the countries should challenge each other to eliminate poverty, on the other, he issues hollow threats like isolating Pakistan globally and stopping its water. Indian government should realize that only way forward to peace and prosperity is linked with smooth Indo-Pakistan relations. Without peace in the region, the dream of economic prosperity in either country would remain a dream. Pakistan as a responsible country has once again done well to offer the option of dialogue to India, however it is yet to be seen how war-crazy Indian government responds to this offer of peace. It would be in the best interest of 1.5 billion people if both countries settle down issues via talks.
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