Newly appointed Indian HC vows to improve Indo-Pak ties


ISLAMABAD: Recently-appointed Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, said Tuesday that he would make all efforts to improve relations between the two neighboring countries.


According to Indian media, Bambawale is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan today via the Wagah border crossing.

The diplomat, who last served as India’s ambassador to Bhutan, said he was coming to Pakistan with the message of friendship and the intentions of improving bilateral relations.

“We want to strengthen our relationship between India and Pakistan and that will be my effort while I am posted there,” he was quoted as saying.

Bambawale is taking over as High Commissioner to Pakistan from TCA Raghavan, who retired in December.

When asked about the fate of the Pak-India foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for Jan 15, he said: “The instruction given to me was to reach Pakistan at the earliest. So, I am going to cross over and reach there. The two governments are in touch with each other, we will have to wait and see what would be the next step.”