India urged to adopt dialogue process to resolve issues
23 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Expressing its concern on the recent ceasefire violations along LoC by India, Pakistan on Thursday urged New Delhi to adopt the process of dialogue to resolve issues and build trust between the two countries.
In his weekly briefing, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry asked the Indian leadership to show patience just like Pakistan has been showing to reduce tension across LoC.
Referring to the statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the spokesman said Pakistan has once again called upon India to reciprocate its policy of restraint, responsibility and dialogue for peace in the region. He said India should stop ceasefire violations and other provocations.
Expressing concern over Wednesday's ceasefire violation by India in which a Pakistan Army captain was killed, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed its distress to the Indian government and the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Office to convey Pakistan's protest, concern and sentiments.
A strong protest has been lodged over the unprovoked firing by the Indian Army in Shakma sector, which resulted in the killing of a Pakistan Army captain and injury to another soldier, Chaudhry said.
He said Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement. Islamabad has called upon New Delhi to take serious and credible measures to prevent further ceasefire violations and reduce tensions.
The spokesman said Pakistan's desire for peace should not be construed as its weakness and made it clear that the country's people and institutions are capable to defend their territory and interests at all cost.
"Our peace overtures are essentially in the interest of the region and the two countries."
Asked about the doubts about the meeting between the prime ministers of two countries in New York in September, Chaudhry said the leadership of Pakistan is prepared to use that occasion to build confidence and remove the trust deficit.
He said all channels of communications should remain open as suspension of dialogue process will serve the objectives of those who do not want peace in the region. He said offer of dialogue to India by Pakistan did not mean that Pakistan has given up its stance on Kashmir, and referred to the recent address of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he categorically stated that the Kashmir issue is still unresolved and it has to be resolved.
Chaudhry said the Kashmir issue always remains on the agenda in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India.
The spokesman said there are many methods to check and stop the violation of ceasefire across LoC and one of them is United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which is responsible for monitoring any violation across LoC.
To a question, the spokesman said Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit Pakistan in the last week of this month to discuss bilateral issues, trade and economic ties and the regional situation especially in the context of post-2014 scenario.
He said Pakistan and Afghanistan had very close ties and leaders of both the countries are talking to each other to further improve bilateral relations.
About the release of Mullah Baradar, the spokesman said he could not say anything on the issue but assured that Pakistan would take all possible measures to facilitate Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Expressing concern on the latest development in Syria, the spokesman said Pakistan has still diplomatic relations with Syria and its mission is working there. He said the Foreign Office is in close contact with its ambassador in Syria.