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No progress visible in Pak-India ties as long as Modi in power: Sartaj Aziz

Published Oct 10, 2016 11:51am

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said there was little hope for improvement in Pak-India ties as long as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in power, reported Radio Pakistan.

"No progress is visible in Pakistan-India relations as long as Narendra Modi is in power in New Delhi," said Aziz in an interview.

He, however made it clear that Pakistan wants de-escalation of tensions with India for the collective good of the entire region.

Sartaj Aziz added that Pakistan will continue diplomatic efforts for improvement of ties with India.

The adviser further said that Pakistan would never compromise on its "principled stand on Kashmir" and continue to extend political, moral, and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris struggling to get their inalienable right to self-determination.

About Afghanistan, he said Pakistan will continue its reconciliatory role for bringing peace to the neighbouring country.

He appreciated the model of agreement between Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami chief Gulbadin Hekmatyar and added that Pakistan would welcome the dialogue if any other group wanted to hold talks according to that model.