ISLAMABAD - Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security & Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz Tuesday sought sustainable duologue process in place with India to move forward in a positive manner to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries.
Speaking to the Indian High Commissioner, Dr TCA Raghavan who paid a courtesy call on him since arrival in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz stressed the importance of resuming the bilateral dialogue process. Reiterating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment for normalising relations with India, the Adviser stated that there had been great hope within the present government of picking up the threads from the Lahore Declaration of 1999 and embark upon a new phase of Pakistan-India relations.
The tension along the LoC seemed to have derailed this process, which was unfortunate. He believed that the Indian media’s over-reaction to the LoC incident had also not helped. He felt that both sides had to show maturity and move forward in a positive manner to resolve outstanding issues and put in a place a sustainable dialogue process.
High Commissioner Raghavan also viewed the LoC incident as a “setback” in the dialogue process. Adding that while there was a feeling in India, also to continue to engage with Pakistan, incidents such as the recent one on the LoC raised doubts on Pakistan’s sincerity.
He felt that both countries needed to work towards forging a common policy on combating terrorism that would help allay many misperceptions that existed.
He believed the upcoming visit of the Joint Commission on the Mumbai trials to India would be helpful towards this end.