Sohail Mahmood left for Islamabad after nearly 19-month long tenure as Pakistan’s envoy to India.
Pakistan is hoping for “re-engagement” with India after the Lok Sabha polls as structured dialogue will help the two countries understand mutual concerns, resolve disputes and build the edifice of durable peace and security, Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood has said.
In an interview to PTI, Sohail Mahmood, who has been appointed Pakistan’s next Foreign Secretary, also said there was a need for an “objective” narrative about Pakistan in India which could facilitate peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly ties.
“We hope for re-engagement after the elections in India. Diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable,” he said.
The comments came nearly six weeks after India’s military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot and Pakistan’s subsequent counter-offensive. The flare up triggered fears of a war and countries like the US and China played a role in de-escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Sohail Mahmood said diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable to improve ties between the two neighbours and that engagement was the only option to understand mutual concerns and ensure peace, prosperity and security in the region.
“Sustained engagement and structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns and differences, resolve outstanding disputes and build the edifice of durable peace, security…