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Congress tells Pakistan to stop ‘promotion of terrorism’

More than 40 ceasefire violations have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir since India carried out surgical attacks in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29-30
BS Basit, Chacko

In response to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s statement that the two countries need to formalise the ceasefire agreement, the Congress on Wednesday said Pakistan should first prove its sincerity in wanting a dialogue with India before demanding a formalisation of the November 2003 ceasefire agreement, a news agency reported.

In the wake of ceasefire violation by Pakistan rangers numerous time after the surgical strikes, the Congress said: “Stop repeated border violations or the promotion of terrorism”.

Congress leader PC Chacko, rejecting Basit’s suggestion, categorically said: “We have a clear stand that terror and talks cannot go together. We are always for discussion. Even after the Bangladesh war, we had the Shimla Agreement, every time a violation took place, it came from their side only. Pakistan should know that the solution lies only in discussion.”

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Monday said the two countries need to formalise the ceasefire agreement.

“I think the two countries need to agree to formalise the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” Basit said at an event in New Delhi.

On India’s diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan following the Uri attack, he said, “How on earth it is possible to isolate a country on terrorism when that country itself is the worst victim of terrorism?”

Basit also called for sustained diplomacy to forge an “effective cooperative paradigm” to improve ties. “We need to move from symbolism to substance and from conflict management to conflict resolution,” Basit added.

He went on to say that the issue of Jammu & Kashmir was the “root cause” of all problems between the two countries and Pakistan does not need “misplaced jingoism and hyper-nationalism” to pursue its foreign policy objectives.

More than 40 ceasefire violations have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir since India carried out surgical attacks in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29-30.

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