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India wants good relations with Pakistan: Sabharwal

January 28, 2013

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal (R) speaking to the media-File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal on Monday said India wants to have good relations with Pakistan and vowed that a peaceful, democratic and stable Pakistan is in the interest of India.

Speaking to mediapersons at a local hotel in Islamabad, on the occasion of republic day reception of his country, the High Commissioner said it has been and still is the policy of India, that relations with Pakistan should be friendly, based on mutual interest and benefit.

The Indian High Commissioner said in the past there has been a great deal of effort from the Indian side to have cordial and friendly relations with Pakistan, adding that the same response had been given from Pakistan.

He said it is necessary that the peace process should be carefully nurtured and efforts should be made not to damage the process.

Referring to some of the incidents at the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian High Commissioner said it enhanced tension, the friendly atmosphere between the two countries was also disturbed.

He said after a meeting between the Director General Military Operations from both the sides, the two countries agreed to resolve the issue through bilateral mechanism.

He said firing across LoC has stopped which is a good and welcoming step.

The Indian High Commissioner while referring to the statements of Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that despite some pitfalls, the peace process between the two countries did not derail and there was no reversable damage to this process.