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Open government to improve ties, but without changes of position on key issues | India News


When the joint ceasefire declaration sparked speculation that India was planning to resume engagement with Pakistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) clarified that on “key issues” the government’s position had not changed.
However, there was a visible toning down of the rhetoric with the government refraining from elaborating its position on the issue of cross-border terrorism when asked about the outcome of the FATF review Thursday of the Pakistan case on terrorist financing.
Official sources also did not rule out the possibility of further steps in the near future to improve bilateral ties, which have shown no signs of thawing for years, if Pakistan works seriously to address some of India’s concerns.
“India wishes for peaceful and good-neighborly ties with Pakistan. Our position has always been that we are committed to addressing issues, if any, peacefully and bilaterally. On key issues, our position remains unchanged and I do not think I need to reiterate “said spokesman Anurag Srivastava.
India has argued that it sees cross-border terrorism perpetrated by state and non-state actors as the core issue and that Pakistan must control terrorist groups using its soil to attack India for any substantive engagement between the 2 countries.
Pakistan’s special assistant to the prime minister on national security, Moeed Yusuf, however denied that the joint statement came after side channel negotiations between him and the NSA Ajit Doval. Yusuf said that the LoC development was the result of discussions through the established DGMO channel.
“Obviously, by their very nature, these are not in public view and are done privately and professionally through the direct channel,” he tweeted, denying reports in Indian media that he had spoken to Doval.
The Pakistani official was also quoted as saying in Islamabad that a lot of effort had been put into the LoC peace agreement and that it is expected to lead to the opening of more avenues in bilateral relations in the future.
India and Pakistan had launched a comprehensive bilateral dialogue process in December 2015 to address all outstanding issues, including terrorism and Kashmir. While the development saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi “go through” in Lahore weeks later, the dialogue was never able to get off the ground due to the terrorist attack on Pathankot Air Base a week after Modi’s visit.
Pakistan and some other Saarc countries want India to stop opposing the pending Saarc summit, which is based in Islamabad, but official sources here said it is too early to say whether it will lead to a meaningful compromise.
India just on Wednesday had asked Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council to take credible and irreversible steps to end state-sponsored terrorism and dismantle terror infrastructure in the territories under its control.
However, there were indications, starting with the comment by Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Bajwa, that Pakistan was ready to extend the hand of friendship in all directions, that Islamabad was finally waging its tireless campaign to smear India. internationally after the revocation of J & K’s special status had occurred. its course. Following Bajwa’s comment, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had invited Modi to the “dialogue table” saying it was the only viable solution.
Pakistan, of course, phrased the joint statement on Thursday in different terms and Yusuf described it as a victory for Pakistan because, he claimed, India was reluctant to accept a ceasefire.
“This is a victory for diplomacy and, God willing, more avenues will open in the future,” he said. Significantly, Yusuf had claimed in an interview last year that Pakistan had received a “desire for conversation” message. India had officially denied it, saying that no such message had been sent to Pakistan.

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