Islamabad - Pakistan Thursday reiterated its desire for resumption of a meaningful and constructive dialogue process with India with a view to resolving the outstanding disputes between the two countries for durable peace and development of the region.
"We expect that when the new government takes over in India, realising the importance of having peace in the neighbourhood, the dialogue process between Pakistan and India will resume. We expect this dialogue to be uninterrupted and uninterruptible,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told weekly press briefing.
She said Pakistan would bring all outstanding issues on the table with India if any meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif takes place at anytime with Narendra Modi, adding that Islamabad wanted that trade issues and all bilateral disputes – including Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and water – should be resolved with New Delhi through dialogue process.
Answering a question Tasnim said, "We hope that when the new government takes over, the kind of atmosphere that prevailed during the election rallies will be left behind and we will get down to the business of states craft."
The spokesperson said the invitation to the prime minister to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Indian PM was received Wednesday afternoon. She said the Indian High Commissioner here called on the acting Foreign Secretary and delivered the invitation. In Delhi also, all the High Commissioners of the SAARC countries were invited to the Foreign Office and this invitation was reiterated there.
The spokesperson condemned recent terrorist actions in China and Nigeria saying Pakistan condemns all acts of terrorism. “We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.” To another question, the she said Dr Shakeel Afridi's detention is Pakistan's business. "It's our internal matter as he is a Pakistani citizen and he violated Pakistani law. It is for Pakistani law to take its course. Pakistan will decide how to handle it."
On the issue of two Indian journalists who had been asked to leave Pakistan, the spokesperson said the question should be addressed to the information ministry. "We do not deal with visa for journalists. It is not a decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I may point out here that while there are normally two Indian journalists in Islamabad, there is no Pakistani journalist based in India.”
She added, “The Ministry of Information would be able to comment on that as well, but even when Pakistani journalists are stationed in Delhi, they are not invited to MEA briefings." The spokesperson said "on the other hand, we do not discriminate against Indian journalists based in Pakistan; they are part of the media corps here".