Pakistan wants to have good ties with India: Sharif


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said mutual cooperation between Pakistan and India can lead to socio-economic uplift of the two countries.

He was talking to Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with India’s newly appointed High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale who called on him at the PM House here. 

The Prime Minister said Pakistan is pursuing policy of good relations with neighbouring countries including India.

Nawaz Sharif extended a very warm welcome to the Indian High Commissioner.

He expressed the confidence that Gautam Bambawale will work to bring the two countries closer.

The Indian High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for warm welcome and expressed the hope that his role will be beneficial in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

An official source said that the two discussed various aspects of Pakistan-India relations and also agreed on the importance of improving the relations.

“Pakistan was pursuing good relations with all its neighbours including India as mutual cooperation was vital for the socio-economic uplift of both the countries,” Sharif was quoted as saying by the state-run APP news agency.

Sharif also extended a very warm welcome to the new High Commissioner and hoped that he will work to bring the two countries closer.

Bambawale, who arrived in Pakistan last month to assume the charge of the High Commission, thanked the Prime Minister for warm welcome and expressed the hope that his role will be beneficial in strengthening relations between the two nations.

“High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had a meeting with H.E. the Prime Minister of Pakistan today @ PM House,” the Indian mission tweeted along with a picture of their meeting.

An official of Indian mission refused to share what was discussed. “It just a courtesy call only,” he said.

Bambawale, an IFS officer of 1984-batch, replaced T C A Raghavan. He has worked in Germany, US and China. In 2007, he became the first Consul General of India in Guangzhou, China.


Lahore-Delhi ‘Dosti’ bus service resumed

Pakistan on Wednesday resumed Lahore-Delhi ‘Dosti’ bus service, days after it was suspended indefinitely at India’s request following violence and arson in Jat quota stir in Haryana.

The bus service, which was suspended on February 21, was resumed after clearance from India and about 21 passengers mostly Indians left for Delhi, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Manager Col (retired) Khalid said.

“We had been in touch with the Indian authorities that gave us go-ahead yesterday to resume the bus service today,” he said, adding the department had facilitated the passengers especially Indians who were to leave for Delhi on last Monday.

The Samjhota Express train service which was also suspended due to the agitation will resume tomorrow.

“Since the agitation is over in India, the train service will also resume tomorrow,” a Pakistan Railways official said.

Pakistan and Indian authorities had extended the visas of the passengers who were to leave for their destinations early this week by the Lahore-Delhi Dosti Bus Service and Samjhota Express.

The bus and train services between the two countries were suspended after the Jat agitators blocked major road and rail routes in Haryana for days, demanding quota under OBC.

At least 19 people were killed in the violent agitation.

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