New Delhi: Pakistan wants “good relations” with its neighbours and it is important that New Delhi and Islamabad work towards eliminating poverty and illiteracy, Pakistan High Commission charge d’affaires Aftab Hasan Khan said on Tuesday.
“Pakistan wants to have good relations with its neighbours. It’s important that instead of war we work towards eliminating poverty and illiteracy,” Khan said during an event on the occasion of Pakistan Day.
” It would only be possible if there is peace. For peace to prevail, issues must be resolved through dialogue,” he added.
The envoy’s remarks hold significance as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be attending the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe later this month.
In recent weeks, Pakistani leadership and the army have been urging for the normalisation of relations between the two countries.
Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa earlier said that a stable relationship between India and Pakistan is key to unlocking the potential of South and Central Asia by ensuring connectivity between East and West Asia.
India last month said that it desires “normal neighbourly” relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.