Islamabad, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday strongly advocated restoration of ties with India, saying breaking ties with New Delhi would not be in the interest of the country as Islamabad is already “internationally isolated”.
Addressing the foundation day celebrations of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Bilawal said, “We have issues with India. There is a long history of war, conflict between Pakistan and India. Today, we have serious disputes and the events of August 2019 cannot be taken lightly.
relations between the two countries deteriorated
Significantly, on August 5, 2019, India had announced the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, after which there was a rift in the relations between India and Pakistan. India’s decision drew strong backlash from Pakistan, leading to a downgrade of diplomatic ties and the expulsion of the Indian envoy.
On the Kashmir issue, Bilawal said that this issue “has become the base point of any conversation I have since becoming the Foreign Minister.” Referring to the restoration of relations with India, the External Affairs Minister said, “In May, our There was the delimitation commission (in J&K) and then recently the ‘Islamophobia’ remarks of the office-bearers create an environment in which it is very difficult, though not impossible, for Pakistan to engage.
Bilawal asked the people present at the think-tank program whether Pakistan’s interests were being served by severing ties with India, whether it was on Kashmir, whether it was on growing Islamophobia or emphasizing the ideology of Hindutva in India.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly advocated good relations with India. Bilawal said that Pakistan is isolated at the international level. We do not have any engagement with many countries. He questioned whether Pakistan’s interests were being served by severing ties with India.
hand of friendship
In such a situation, it is believed that the Shehbaz Sharif government of Pakistan can extend a hand of friendship towards India in the coming days. However, India has clarified on several occasions that terrorism and talks cannot go together. If Pakistan wants to talk, it has to stop supporting terrorism unconditionally.
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