Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit zeenews
“We are in a tough place, but we are not thinking in war terms. War is not a solution, war creates more problems. We should not allow war hysteria to dominate our discourse. We have to be mature. We can perhaps afford not to talk to each other for some time, but addressing our many challenges can only happen through dialogue and peaceful means. I hope we are able to retrieve the ground diplomatically. I am a diplomat and an optimist. I hope diplomacy wins,” Basit was quoted as saying.
“We have no desire to be irredentist (or, advocating claims over territory) in our approach. What we are saying is that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a fair chance to determine their future. To determine their future is their right…. Kashmir is not about territory, it is not a territorial dispute, 12 million people are involved.”
“We do not know, we do not know. We are committed to not allowing our territory to be used for violence anywhere in the world. This is what I iterated to your foreign secretary when I was called in the other day,” he said.
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Of reports that Indian security forces had “avenged Uri” in a covert cross-border operation on militant camps, Basit said he was unaware of any such thing. “I do not believe any such thing happened. Let me say here that Pakistan is capable of defending itself, but I wouldn’t like to think things will escalate to that pass.”
On Burhan Wani, Basit emphasised: “To fix everything now on Burhan Wani is of no help. The way Kashmiris came out for his funeral and what has been happening thereafter is serious and spontaneous. You cannot brush Kashmir under the carpet, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to be given the right to determine their future at some point. We cannot ignore what is happening.”
Basit said diplomacy could not be conducted through verbosity but on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect and understanding.