Pakistan seeks US’ help to start peace dialogue with India

Pakistan has asked the United States to use its good offices to persuade India to engage with Pakistan for bringing peace and stability to the South Asian region, reported Dawn

Feb 22, 2021
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Pakistan has asked the United States to use its good offices to persuade India to engage with Pakistan for bringing peace and stability to the South Asian region, reported Dawn. 

“Pakistan is committed to a peaceful neighborhood, the onus is now on India to create the right conditions. We urge the US to play its role,” Pakistan ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan was quoted as saying  in Dawn.

We have made repeated gestures and overtures for peace, he said while addressing the question was reviving the India-Pakistan bilateral dialogue. He also advised the Biden administration to consult the Taliban on troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

He also claimed that the Indian prime minister exploited the 2019 Pulwama attack, where 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack, for domestic electoral purposes and as an effort to build the narrative against Pakistan.

“Now, in that backdrop, I don’t know if Pakistan can engage in any relationship with India, let alone building a trade relationship,” he said on the question of building trade relations with India.

He also said the normal political relations with India are only possible if India reverses the “unilateral actions” taken with respect to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and returns back to the negotiation table to resolve the dispute.