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India not forthcoming on resuming dialogue: Pak envoy at UN

India is “not forthcoming” in resuming a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan and such an attitude is “impeding” prospects of normalisation of bilateral relations, Pakistan’s envoy to the UN has said.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a group of students and faculty members from the US Army War College last week that despite a positive start following the coming to power of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India suspended talks between the two countries on “flimsy grounds and set unacceptable pre-conditions” for their revival.

According to a news release by the Pakistan mission at the UN, Lodhi said despite Pakistan’s call to resume broad-based, comprehensive dialogue, “India was still not forthcoming”. “This attitude was impeding prospects of normalisation between the two countries,” the release quoted him as saying.

Lodhi said that defeating terrorism, growing the economy and building a peaceful neighbourhood were among Pakistan’s top priorities, including promoting peace and security in Afghanistan and normalising relations with India on the basis of resolution of outstanding disputes.

“These national priorities frame our international diplomacy and our foreign engagements,” she said.
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