Ready to discuss terrorism with India, says Pak

Ready to discuss terrorism with India, says Pak

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it was ready to discuss the issue of terrorism with India as it claimed that New Delhi is “reluctant” to cooperate on the matter, which is also a “primary concern” for Islamabad.
Pakistan wants constructive engagement with India as per the policy of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal told media at a weekly briefing here.
“Pakistan is also ready to discuss terrorism which is also a primary concern for Pakistan,” he said.
India has made it clear to Pakistan that terrorism and dialogue will not go hand-in-hand.
Faisal said Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on September 14, 2018 reiterating “our principled position of resolving all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, through peaceful dialogue”.
However, India, he said, has been “reluctant to cooperate on the issue of terrorism”.
His comments came ahead of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting to be held in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22, which will be attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
The relationship between the two neighbouring nations currently is at all-time low since February 14 Pulwama attack that killed over 40 Indian soldiers.
PTI