NEW DELHI - India on Tuesday summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner in connection with the suspension of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot-Poonch bus services by Pakistan, which has demanded release of its national arrested for allegedly smuggling narcotics worth Rs 100 crore across the LoC, reported PTI.
Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan was summoned by Joint Secretary, in-charge of the Pakistan division in India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Rudrendra Tandon in South Block and delivered a strong diplomatic message.
Authorities in Pakistani Kashmir on Monday suspended the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot-Poonch sectors demanding the release of the Pakistani driver.
Indian police on Friday detained a truck carrying 114 packets of brown sugar, valued at Rs 100 crore in international market, and arrested the driver along with two more people from Bandipore who were to receive the consignment.
In a tit-for-tat action, authorities in Azad Kashmir detained 27 Indian truck drivers and demanded release of their driver.
The deadlock intensified when Indian authorities were informed by the officials in Azad Kashmir about the suspension of bus services on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot-Poonch sector.
Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed has said that Pakistan’s stubborn and strict stance over Kashmir is unacceptable to them, adding neither Pakistan is trying to understand our point of view.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Salman Khursheed said, “We are ready to talk to Pakistan on all issues. However, talks can only start when Pakistan does something which can bring a change”.
He said that revival and strengthening of relations not only depends on India but Pakistan also has to move forward with positive thinking. He said that relations can only be improved when steps are taken with trust.
He said Pakistan has adopted such a stance on Kashmir since 1947 which is unacceptable to India.
“We do not want a war with Pakistan, however, Pakistan is not only fuelling the matter of infiltration but its soil is also being used against India”, he stated.
He said that Pakistan has made no progress in bringing Mumbai attackers to justice despite that we have provided ample evidence to them.
In response to a question, he said India is a democratic country and we want to bring prosperity to Indo-Pak region by taking into confidence not only Pakistan but other neighbouring countries as well.