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No back-channel diplomacy with India: Hina

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday (23rd of Jan 2023) told the Senate that there was no back-channel diplomacy going on with India.

Responding to a supplementary question of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Senator Faisal Javed at the floor of the upper house of the parliament, she said since the government had come into the power, there was no back-channel diplomacy going on between Pakistan and India which was happening during the certain government’s time.

Hina made it clear that if back-channel diplomacy was result oriented, it should be done.

She said the messages, being received from India, were all conflagratory that was why; there were no talks on any kind of trade between the two neighboring countries.

She expressed the possibly of talks if there was any opportunity and India comes to Pakistan’s demand. “It is duty of the politicians to do the rights things instead of coming on the way to diplomacy,” she maintained.

Balochistan Awami Paty’s Senator Danesh Kumar, appreciating the Kartarpur Corridor, said there was Hinglaj Mata temple in Balochistan which was almost five thousand years old adding that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also its worshiper.

He expressed the hope that if this archaeological site was promoted for religious tourism between Pakistan and India, it would have good impacts on the social circumstances of the people of this coastal area.

He asked the minister for taking any peace-building initiative for this ancient religious temple like the Kartarpur Corridor.

Terming Kartarpur Corridor a good precedence, Hina said this was obviously a positive suggestion and Pakistan had always played front man role in the execution of such peace-building projects and it would keep on doing so.

She said absolutely, there was no harm in looking in detail this specific proposal. Pakistan should continue to project such things in the fitness of things, she added.

She said currently, the hostility was coming from the other side of the border was a unique nature due to a unique government over there.

Pakistan was asked to normalize its relations with India on the international forums time and again. “To them our response is that they should look at the messages we have received from India,” she added.

The minister said banning the BBC documentary in India put a big question mark on its credibility it professed of being the biggest democracy of the world.

She was of the view that he border should remain peaceful as “it is our intention to continue to engage whatever platform is required to be able to do that.”

Pakistan was the country which had always learned from its history and it did not believe in generating more dead bodies on certain conflicts because more bloodshed was not in the interest of this region, she added.

The minister mentioned that Director Generals of Military Operation of both sides reached an agreement of ceasefire adding that before entering into this understanding, the two countries had a ceasefire understanding in 2003 but India did not respect this accord and violated it 13,500 times leading to the death of 310 citizens and injuring at least 1,600.

She further said the latest agreement had substantially decreased cross-border incidents and expressed the hope that despite of all that Pakistan would continue the ‘journey to peace’.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.