Nawaz International coverage: In coping with India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday instructed the incoming overseas secretary, Abdul Basit, to aggressively pursue efforts to enhance ties with India and Afghanistan.

Basit, who was named Pakistan’s overseas secretary this week, met the prime minister to debate main overseas coverage points.

An official acquainted with the assembly advised The Specific Tribune that Nawaz has directed Basit to pursue ‘peace diplomacy’ with India to make sure that the stalled peace course of between the 2 new nuclear-armed neighbours resume quickly.

His efforts to hunt rapprochement with India comes amidst heightened tensions between Pakistan and India over repeated ceasefire violations on the Line of Management (LoC).

Regardless of ongoing skirmishes alongside the LoC, such statements point out the Nawaz administration’s perception that pursuing the peace course of is the one resolution to de-escalate the state of affairs.

The premier lately met his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the fringes of the UN Common Meeting in New York and either side agreed to work out a brand new mechanism to keep away from repeated ceasefire violations on the LoC. Nevertheless, India refused to renew the stalled composite dialogue till the ‘proper ambiance’ was created for peace talks.

In the meantime, the official mentioned that the prime minister has additionally requested the brand new overseas secretary to enhance ties with Afghanistan by making all-out efforts to facilitate the Afghan-led reconciliation course of.

Basit, who would change Jalil Abbas Jilani after he was named as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, will doubtless take cost of his new obligations within the first week of November.

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