India’s extremist elements don’t want improved ties with Pakistan: Basit

NEW DELHI: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit says extremist elements in India were opposed to improvement in their country’s ties withPakistan.

Speaking during a television programme, Basit said these extremist elements had disrupted a scheduled meeting between the heads of the Indian and Pakistani cricket boards.

The envoy’s statement comes a day after members of India’s far-right political group Shiv Sena stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters just before Pakistan Cri­cket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan was to meet with BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to discuss a bilateral series for December this year.

Basit said that Pakistan wished to hold a dialogue with India over a range of issues, including terrorism and Kashmir.

The Pakistani envoy to India also expressed regret over the rise of violence in Maharashtra state, and said the attacks of Hindu extremists on Muslims in India were a cause for concern.

INP

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