Hope to resume talks with India after Lok Sabha elections are over: Pakistan envoy

Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood on Sunday said the country hopes to resume talks with New Delhi on pending issues after the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

“We hope for re-engagement with New Delhi after elections in India,” he said.

He added that “sustained engagement and structured dialogue” is the only way to address mutual concerns of both the neighbouring nations.

“Engagement between Pakistan and India would help in building an edifice of durable peace and security in the region,” he added.

The Pakistan envoy stressed the need to “review narrative” about Pakistan in India.

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have been involved in a diplomatic tussle since February, after 40 CRPF troopers were killed in Kashmir’s south Pulwama in an attack plotted by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Although Pakistan has reiterated its intention of initiating peace talks, cross-border ceasefire violations continue to inflict injury on citizens living in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Since India retaliated with an aerial strike in Balakot, cross-border ceasefire violations have increased significantly.

Just two days ago, Pakistan violated ceasefire agreement in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector. Unprovoked mortar firing was reported at around 8:30 am in the morning last Friday, following which Indian troops retaliated swiftly.

Meanwhile, polling in the 7-phase Lok Sabha elections will conclude on May 23. 91 seats went to poll in the first phase on Thursday, April 11.

The second phase of the elections will be held on April 18. The counting of votes to determine the next government is scheduled to take place on May 23.


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