Pak Cautions Media Against Speculation On Khan, Modi Meet


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Thursday called for resolving all outstanding differences with India, including the Kashmir issue, and moving away from the dynamic of confrontation to cooperation as it cautioned the media against speculation over the exchange of congratulatory messages between the leadership of the two countries.

In a statement, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman also said that it was an established diplomatic practice for the top leadership to congratulate new office holders and for them to respond.

“Pakistan’s position on the way forward in Pakistan-India relations was clear and well-known and did not require repetition,” he said.

“The vision of peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia could be advanced by peacefully resolving all outstanding disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir, and moving away from the dynamic of confrontation to cooperation,” he added.

In a letter to to his Indian counterpart Modi on Friday, Prime Minister Khan said Islamabad wanted talks with New Delhi to resolve all reconcilable problems, including the Kashmir issue.

Separately, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also written a letter to the newly appointed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and congratulated him on assuming office.

Qureshi said in his letter said that Islamabad wanted talks with New Delhi on “all important matters” and remains committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region.

“Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi on all important matters and remains committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region,” he said, according to a report in a Pakistani newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistani media reports claimed New Delhi was ready for talks with Islamabad.


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