Cancellation of Indo-Pak FM meeting 'disappointing': Pak

He said the only way forward is through dialogue, which should be uninterrupted and uniterruptible.

PTI
Islamabad, Publish Date: Oct 12 2018 12:00AM | Updated Date: Oct 12 2018 12:00AM
Cancellation of Indo-Pak FM meeting 'disappointing': PakFile Photo

The cancellation of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers' meeting in New York by India on "flimsy pretexts" was "disappointing", Pakistan said Thursday, asserting that it wants peaceful and good-neighbourly relations with New Delhi on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

"We cannot force any country to negotiate...India first agreed and in less than 24 hours, withdrew its agreement," Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal told reporters here during the weekly media briefing.

He said the only way forward is through dialogue, which should be uninterrupted and uniterruptible.

The "cancellation of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, which was to be held on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York last month, by India on flimsy pretexts, was disappointing."

Faisal said that Pakistan has always desired peaceful and good-neighbourly relations with India, on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit. "We have formally announced that we are ready for a dialogue with India to settle all our disputes, but as you know it takes two hands to clap," he said.

"If India is not ready to come to the table, we do not have any other way forward to find a solution to our problems. It takes two to tango," he added.

When asked about any secret meeting between the two ministers, the spokesperson expressed his ignorance, saying, "I do not know about any secret meeting."

Responding to a question on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, Faisal said, "in the absence of any dialogue, nothing can move forward."

Faisal said Pakistan is ready to hold talks for resolving Kashmir, Sir Creek and Siachen issues.  

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