Pakistan on Thursday suspended peace talks with India, causing a huge setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pakistan policy’.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, the Pakistani High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, said, “I think at present the peace process between India and Pakistan is suspended.”
Basit also supported China’s stand to veto India’s attempts to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar saying that “I subscribe to Chinese viewpoint.”
Basit said, ” The recent arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav in Pakistan irrefutably corroborates what Pakistan has been saying all along. We all are aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and destabilise the country. They are bound to fail as the people of Pakistan are united to effectively counter anti-Pakistan subversive activities.”
In what will cause more embarrassment to Modi, the Pakistani envoy ruled out the prospect of the NIA visit to Pakistan to probe Pathankot attack.
He said that the recent visit by the Pakistani JIT was never about ‘reciprocity.’
He said, “It’s not about reciprocity but co-operation of our two countries. Therefore, a fair and just resolution is a must and attempts to put it on backburner from our perspective will be counterproductive. It is high time to break the carapace of complacency and dispense with self-serving approaches.”
Basit also denied that there was any meeting scheduled between two foreign secretaries.
The statement comes at the backdrop of PM Modi travelling miles to reach out to Pakistan in order to improve bilateral ties with the neighbouring country.
Modi, during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, had talked about adopting a hawkish approach towards Pakistan. But, his political detractors accused him of performing a spectacular U-turn when he made an unscheduled visit to Lahore on 25 December to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Precisely a week a later, Pakistan-backed terrorists had launched a deadly attack on the Pathankot Air Force base killing seven Indian soldiers.