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Pak ready to welcome Modi, looks towards dialogue

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 19, 2014
First Published: 18:21 IST(19/5/2014) | Last Updated: 09:49 IST(20/5/2014)

Reaching out to the BJP’s PM-designate, Narendra Modi, Pakistan on Monday said it was looking forward to a visit by him to Islamabad and hoped that the two countries would resolve “differences and disputes” through an early dialogue.

“We are ready to host Narendra Modi when he decides to visit Pakistan. Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already extended an invitation to him,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said.

He said Pakistan was committed to a result-oriented dialogue process and hoped that comprehensive bilateral engagement would resume sooner than later.

 “Now the two democratic countries have to decide whether we will bury the hatchet or will continue to be at daggers drawn indefinitely. The two countries and the people cannot afford to move in wrong direction and to be on the wrong side of the history,” he said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was first among the world leaders to have reached out to Modi.

Many opportunities provided by globalisation to both the countries have been missed and time has come for new bilateral narrative, Basit said, adding “as neighbour we have no option but to talk to each other and normalise relations for mutual benefits.”

“We have to leave the use of acrimony and hostility. We have to engage with each other. We have to talk to each other comprehensively for our mutual interests and reciprocity,” he said.

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