President Mamnoon says subversive Indian tactics putting regional peace at stake

26 March, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • National flags of India and Pakistan on both side of Indo Pak International Border at Wagha near Amritsar

Mahmood was called back to Islamabad for consultations after alleged incidents of "harassment" of its diplomatic staff in New Delhi with Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal claiming that the Indian government failed to take notice of the increasing incidents of intimidation of Pakistani diplomats, their families and staffers by its intelligence agencies.

Mahmood, who returned from Islamabad on Thursday after briefing his government about the reported harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India, was addressing guests at the high commission invited to celebrate the 70th National Day of Pakistan.

The event indicated willingness of both sides to maintain official interactions as Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat represented India and stood with the High Commissioner as the national anthem of both sides were played.

Pakistan had asked Mahmood to return home for an unspecified time after Pakistan alleged that its diplomats in India were being "harassed".

He said Pakistan' foreign policy was centered around endeavours for permanent peace in the world and based upon non-interference in to internal issues of other countries.


He stressed that building a future different from the past remained indispensable.

In this context, Mahmood also talked about Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's communication with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the Republic Day in January where Abbasi had expressed the hope that the years to come would be different from the years gone by.

He said that Pakistan was ready to extend a hand of co-operation to the regional countries, but "taking it as a weakness will be a unsafe mistake".

Mahmood said that Pakistan desired peaceful relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect. This is not something new for Indian rulers who are constantly causing gross human rights violations in the occupied Jammu & Kashmir by persisting with brutalities and atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris who are struggling and demanding fundamental right of self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions.

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