Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Supporting India's determination that "talks and terror" cannot go together, a former top Pakistani diplomat has said another high-level meeting between the two countries would be fruitless unless Islamabad ensures the terrorist infrastructure on its territory or territories under its occupation is dismantled.
Pakistan's recent initiatives for talks with India must be seen in the context of the economic and international pressures on it, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.His remarks have come just ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14. India and Pakistan are part of the regional security grouping and leaders of both countries are set to attend the meeting in Bishkek.
In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan had requested resumption of talks between the two countries to resolve all differences.But no official meeting has been planned between them on the sidelines of the SCO summit.Mr Haqqani's remarks also came on a day the government in Islamabad presented its national budget amid an austerity drive to wriggle the country out of the financial mess it is in.
Earlier this month Imran Khan had said there will be no increase in the defence budget because of Pakistan's "critical financial situation". Pakistan's defence budget presented on Tuesday reflected that sentiment with no increase proposed in expenditure compared to last fiscal.Weeks ago, Imran Khan's government negotiated a USD 6 billion bailout package with the International Monetary Fund or IMF to overcome the financial crisis.