Need for an objective narrative on Pakistan to help ties: Outgoing envoy

Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood (Source: PTI/File)

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, Mahmood, who has been appointed Pakistan’s next Foreign Secretary, 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.

His comments come almost six weeks after the Indian Air Force India’s struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot and Pakistan’s subsequent counter-offensive. The flare-up triggered fears of war and countries like the US and China played a role in de-escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Mahmood said 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 and prosperity in the region,” he said.

Mahmood left for Islamabad Sunday after a nearly 19-month-long…

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