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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

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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.

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Comments (53) Closed



Kamal Pasha. Oct 10, 2016 11:58am

Well said but not only Modi alone, the BJP also.

Karam Oct 10, 2016 12:14pm

Thanks u understood, Modi is not a spineless leaders

Angry Pitbull Oct 10, 2016 12:15pm

No progress visible in Pak-India ties as long as there is no foreign minister in Pakistan government

surya kant Oct 10, 2016 12:21pm

Thanks you Sir. But he is going to be in power for next 10 years.

Khan Oct 10, 2016 12:24pm

Sartaj Aziz has no idea what he is saying. This statement is an acknowledgement about the failure of diplomacy and foreign affairs management by the present government. This government is not capable to take on challenges, and this statement is an acknowledgment of failure. When Modi came to Lahore to visit Nawaz, at that time Modi was a nice man and it was success of the foreign policy? Failure of Nawaz Govt. in managing Foreign Affairs.

Leo Oct 10, 2016 12:26pm

That's sad. Mr. Modi should listen to Mr. Aziz and step down.

Syed F. Hussaini Oct 10, 2016 12:43pm

Modi is there for the next three years, may be, the next eight years.

Jason Oct 10, 2016 01:00pm

Live him or hate him, Modi is smartest leader for India since 1947. Abdul Basit doesn't have to like him but he's perfect for India. Wish Pakistan had such a leader who'd put country first before everything.

Kulbushan yadav Oct 10, 2016 01:02pm

Modi will be in power for next 15 years Sir.

Syed F. Hussaini Oct 10, 2016 01:14pm

@Khan

Another possible interpretation: Islamabad would continue its present policy with reference to its relations with New Delhi.

Chinto Oct 10, 2016 01:12pm

World knows Modi mindset right from the Gujrat massacre. As long as he is there relations between two countries will further sore.

Jigar USA Oct 10, 2016 01:13pm

Modi a true indian hero.

Angry Pitbull Oct 10, 2016 01:21pm

No need to improve the ties between two countries. Sir you do your job we will not interfare in your matter, Same like we will do our job you too dont interfare.

Sheraz Oct 10, 2016 01:21pm

Spoke to many people in Indian and they all say, he will not going to win next election. Time will tell! Wait and watch.

Jai Hind Oct 10, 2016 01:26pm

And he will be in power as long we want him to.

Samrat Oct 10, 2016 01:26pm

Love MODI!

Balochi Oct 10, 2016 01:44pm

This statement is good enough to prove that MODI is doing his job brilliantly.

Samrat Oct 10, 2016 01:45pm

Mark my words! MODI will have another term.

Manoj Oct 10, 2016 02:41pm

@Jigar USA true

SR Oct 10, 2016 02:50pm

Get used to the fact Modi and BJP will be in power for decades. I am surprised you haven't understood it. The future of Indo-Pak permanent relationship will be decided from India by Modi. Pakistan should change its policies for peaceful coexistence with India.

A Oct 10, 2016 02:53pm

Modi is a true secularist leader.

Satya Oct 10, 2016 03:06pm

Ok.. Modi is going to be in power for the next 10 years at least. You have no idea how popular he is. I was not a Modi fan , but I can see that he is the only person who is capable enough to lead this country. He is doing that pretty well. He is gonna win again.

Khwarezmi Oct 10, 2016 03:13pm

Narendra Modi and BJP won votes on being anti-Pakistanis (videos are online, just search them) so a constructive peace process was never on his agenda. A couple of hours in Lahore was more a drama for international media. Pakistan can only wait untill he gets voted out

point of view Oct 10, 2016 03:16pm

@Khwarezmi, please wait another 10-15 years...

Farukh alachi Oct 10, 2016 03:27pm

Modi will do many terms as his supporters are extremists and they will intimidate anyone who doesn't vote for him it is scary the direction where he is headed.

Houlbelat Oct 10, 2016 03:55pm

Modi of India is what Trump tries to be for the US.

Samrat Oct 10, 2016 04:11pm

@Farukh alachi Yes, And we'll make sure he gets another term.

NMM Oct 10, 2016 04:13pm

Pakistan should try installing some fresh blood as foreign minster...

Revenge Oct 10, 2016 04:13pm

MODI is the best PM India ever had.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Oct 10, 2016 04:28pm

@Revenge Yes wait until he brings down India.

D.K. PAMNANI Oct 10, 2016 04:29pm

Modi ji is in the heart of Indian People. Next 10-15 years no problem

Indian Oct 10, 2016 04:36pm

@Leo : good one.

Namo Oct 10, 2016 04:50pm

@Kamal Pasha. Mr Modi is doing a fantastic job as far his Pakistani policy is concerned

Lalit K Oct 10, 2016 04:50pm

Under Modi's leadership India cannot be taken for granted.

Anuj Oct 10, 2016 04:48pm

@SHAHID MAHMOOD worry about your own country mate. GDP, Forex, remittances relations with Asean, Saarc-PAK and US have improved.

India First Oct 10, 2016 04:53pm

@SHAHID MAHMOOD India has been on rise since he came to power.

jawaid Oct 10, 2016 05:22pm

Rather than blaming others, we should be smart, innovative and capable to face challenges. No point in resigning to circumstances.

Black Hawk Oct 10, 2016 06:05pm

After finishing this term in 3 years, Modi will be re-elected for at least 2 more terms & maybe even 3. So now Pakistan should not press India for any talks in the next 13-18 years.

Anuj Oct 10, 2016 06:41pm

Modi as a PM was choice for 37% people before 2014 elections, its 65% now.

Donald Oct 10, 2016 07:42pm

Then it seems, Pakistan will not be engaging india for next 2 decades because he is going to stay there for long time. India can wait. Can pak wait for so long??

Ajay Oct 10, 2016 07:52pm

What makes him think that he has say in choosing PM of the biggest democracy?

The end is near Oct 10, 2016 07:52pm

And as Long as PM Nawaz is in power, No progress visible in anything.

shiv@uk Oct 10, 2016 07:57pm

it's not mature statement from Mr.Aziz.

Manish Mahajan Oct 10, 2016 07:58pm

Not too long back, both Ghani and Modi were in favor of friendship with Pakistan. Now they don't have anything positive to say about their common adamant neighbor. Whose fault is it?

Gaurav Oct 10, 2016 07:56pm

If you do not know how to bloom, do not accuse Sun of partiality.

Ijaz Oct 10, 2016 08:03pm

Ok you are exhausted ....pl give a chance to a rtd Gen and then see how problem of kashmir not solved.

Sony Oct 10, 2016 08:32pm

Mr.Aziz was there any improvement pak-india relations before modi came to power.It was same old.Vajpayee visited Lahore in bus ,then Kargil war came in return.Modi invited sharif to swearing and visited grandaughter's wedding, Pathankot came in return.Why should Indians offer olive branch always?

Shadi Katyal Oct 10, 2016 08:42pm

One is ashmed to read such statment by an adviser to the Prime Minister. Has he forgotten what a democracy stand for. Well maybe he has his own experience of such non exitance democracy in Pakistan for decades. Our leaders have habit of such loose talk. Modi is elected by people and thus cannot removed like the past of Pakistan leaders by army. Fce the fcts of democractic world

PrasadDeccani Oct 10, 2016 09:37pm

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

No progress is visible when Modi is in power.

Progress you made when Congress was in power is invisible.

Either way, it is same old.....same old........

Indus Oct 10, 2016 09:56pm

Yes Sir, you are right, as till Modi is in power you will not be able to continue with your policy.

Patel. Los Angles, USA Oct 11, 2016 04:08am

@surya kant true may be for ever with what congress is doing . People don't want Dynasty govt. in India

Ak Oct 11, 2016 05:01am

Spineless government in india is best for Pakistan interest.

Suren Sahni Oct 12, 2016 11:15am

wrong attitude