While describing Kashmir as an internal matter of India, Indian envoy to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, has said people living in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others.
He also warned Pakistan against interfering in the ongoing Kashmir crisis in India.
“There are problems in both India and Pakistan and you [Pakistan] should focus on resolving your problems before looking into the problems of other countries,” he said.
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s independence day speech in which he referred PoK and Balochistan, Bambawale said, the prime minister only referred to the letters he had received.
He reiterated Modi government’s call to work together to get to the bottom of terrorism which is a headache for the entire world.
Bombawale said the two countries should not be talking on just one issue, but on all issues.
When asked whether Modi will visit Pakistan to attend the SAARC regional summit in November, Bambawale said, “Prime Minister Modi is looking forward to visiting Islamabad for the SAARC summit”.
His comments came amid reports that Modi might keep away from the Saarc Summit in view of the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly over Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that even while tensions were high between the two nations, there had been contacts at the operational level, The Dawn reported.
Over the past one-and-a-half month, there had been “cordial” interactions between Pakistani and Indian border forces.
He also called for greater trade ties between Pakistan and India and said political issues will take time to resolve. Bombawale demanded that Pakistan should also grant India theMost-Favoured Nation status.
The Indian envoy said the road to normalisation of ties between the two countries lies through greater trade and business.
On the question that India was trying to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said India will not derail any process that is for the betterment of Pakistan.
He said it was India’s desire to see a Pakistan which was moderate, prosperous and stable and at peace with itself, its neighbours as well as the rest of the world.