Amid "Harassment" Row, Pakistan Envoy Returns to Delhi, Calls For Dialogue

Hugh Fox
March 26, 2018

Mahmood, who returned to India on Thursday night, a week after he was called to Islamabad for consultations amid the raging row between two countries over alleged harassment of diplomats, asserted that his country desired "peaceful and good-neighbourly" relations with India.

Pakistan had asked Mahmood to return home for an unspecified time after Pakistan alleged that its diplomats in India were being "harassed". "We want to sort out this issue as soon as possible because it affects the relations between the countries", he said.

For the first time, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.

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He stressed that building a future different from the past remained indispensable.

Stating that the safety and security of Indian mission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the Pakistan government, the source said: "We have requested them to immediately investigate all these incidents and direct the relevant authorities to ensure that such incidents do not recur".

"Pakistan stands for peace in the region and beyond and gave a message of peace to those who did not want it", he said cautioning India that it would be highly unsafe to misconstrue Pakistan's desire for peace. The event commemorates the passing of the famous Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India. "It was important to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, peacefully through dialogue".

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In reply to all the allegations, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was also facing a "litany of issues" which have not been resolved for several months by that country.

Hussain said in the successful launch of Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasad operations, the armed forces and the nation had given huge sacrifices and announced commencement of Tamgha-e-Azm to pay tribute to the law enforcement forces and armed forces.

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