New Delhi - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was strongly in favour of breaking the deadlock with Pakistan but at the same time urged the neighbouring country to shun violence.

During an interview with United News of India (UNI), Modi said that there is no other issue and the deadlock should end.

He was asked why he had not visited Pakistan so far despite his strong advocacy for an outreach to neighbourhood and whether this deadlock could end in the near future. Modi said there was no hinderance in normalisation of relations with the country provided it created an atmosphere of peace. “I expect just one thing from Pakistan it should take to the path of peace and non-violence. The path of violence will do neither any good to them nor to us,” he said.

The Indian prime minister’s remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that at present there was no engagement with Pakistan, and made it clear that no talks would be held unless the country took action against terror and stopped involving third parties in resolution of bilateral issues.

Sushma also said that Prime Minister Modi raised “very strongly” the issue of the China-Pakistan economic corridor during his visit to Beijing and told them that it is “unacceptable”.