INDIA on Thursday said it always wanted normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan, but there should be an atmosphere free from terror and violence for such ties. The comments by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi came when asked at a media briefing about Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s offer last week to hold talks between the two countries to resolve outstanding issues such as Kashmir.
We always wanted normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan but there should be an atmosphere free from terror and violence for it, Bagchi said. Later, the Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s Office said negotiations are not possible without India revoking its 2019 actions on Kashmir.
In an interview with UAE-based Al Arabiya news channel last week, Sharif said that Pakistan has learnt its lesson after three wars with India and now wants to live in peace with India, provided “we are able to resolve our genuine problems”. “My message to the Indian leadership and PM Modi is that let’s sit down at the table and have serious talks to resolve our burning issues like Kashmir, where flagrant violations of human rights are taking place day in and day out,” Sharif said. The ties between India and Pakistan came under severe strain after India’s warplanes pounded a JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot in Pakistan in February 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack.