Hopeful of resuming Pak-India dialogues after elections: Sohail Mehmood

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan’s outgoing high commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood said on Sunday hopeful of “re-engagement” of Pakistan-India dialogues after the elections as communication and dialogues are the only way of resolving reservations between both nations.

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In an interview to The Times of India, the Commissioner said diplomacy and dialogues are indispensable as communication between the countries will help laying foundation of regional peace.

The outgoing envoy said, “sustained engagement and structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns and differences, resolve outstanding disputes and build the edifice of durable peace, security, and prosperity in the region,” while stressing the need for evaluation of existing narrative about Pakistan in India.

Mehmood said, “a narrative is needed that captures the reality in Pakistan objectively and more fully. A narrative that also helps recognise opportunities for peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly relations. We must strive for stable peace, equal security and shared prosperity for ourselves and the region.”

“The government of Pakistan is proceeding in full measures to complete the physical infrastructure on its side and it is hopeful that the modalities will be mutually agreed between the two sides in good time before November 2019,” the envoy said when asked about Karatarpur Corridor.

On Thursday, Pakistan sent another set of questions to the Indian High Commission on the Pulwama dossier, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.

Addressing the press briefing, Dr Faisal said he hopes India will answer the questions soon.

Dr Faisal said the Federal Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had credible intelligence of India devising new plan to attack Pakistan between April 16 and 20. He said, “India will receive the same response as February 27 if it challenges our resolve.”

On February 27, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian military aircrafts after they trespassed the Line of Control (LOC) and captured an Indian pilot who was subsequently released as a sign of peace. On February 26, Pakistan befittingly responded to LOC violation by two Indian aircrafts.

India presumably attacked in response to February 14 Pulwama suicide bombing which the country blamed on Pakistan without showing any proof whatsoever.

The Foreign Office of Pakistan said the Indian dossier on the Pulwama attack did not contain any evidence regarding the involvement of Pakistan or Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in his weekly press briefing on March 28, said a preliminary probe by Pakistan into the Pulwama suicide bombing after receiving the Indian dossier revealed no links of any Pakistani to the attack.

The FO further apprised that a 10-member team of the Federal Investigation Agency started probe into the Pulwama incident, in which more than 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed, soon after Pakistan received the Indian dossier.

According to the preliminary probe, no Pakistani had any links to the attack, the spokesperson said. Pakistan has asked India for further details and evidences relating to the attack, he added.

Dr Faisal said the Indian dossier named more than 90 people. But there was no evidence linking JeM chief Masood Azhar or Pakistan to the attack.

According to a source, ‘The information was reportedly gleaned from open sources such as blogs, websites, Facebook and Twitter.’

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