‘False impression in Pakistan over India’s approach to dialogue’

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 09:09 PM IST


Karachi :  There is a false impression in Pakistan and its media that India does not want dialogue between the two countries, the Indian envoy here said, dismissing claims that India has a “flip-flop” approach in its foreign policy.

  Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan, speaking at a seminar here on Indo-Pak relations, said that India and Pakistan should try to have a “relationship with multiple stakeholders, rather than seeing it in identity-driven, mythological terms.”   The seminar titled “India-Pakistan – emerging realities” organised by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations was attended by diplomats from India and Pakistan.

Dismissing former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri’s assertions at the seminar that India has a flip-flop approach in its foreign policy, Raghavan said, “There is a false narrative in Pakistan about India, accompanied by demonisation in the media, that India did not want dialogue between the two countries.” He claimed that since May, 2014 every single initiative had come from India.


“In March this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent Foreign Secretary Jaishankar to Pakistan, but the third day after he left the country one of the ring leaders of the Mumbai attacks was released,” he said referring to LeT operations commander and 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s release from the jail.

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Published on: Thursday, November 05, 2015, 12:43 AM IST