Pak envoy Sohail Mahmood returns to New Delhi

RSTV Bureau

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A week after he was called back for consultations amid raging row between India and Pakistan over harassment of diplomats, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood returned to New Delhi late last night.

Speaking to the press this morning, the envoy stressed that all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, including Kashmir, can be resolved through dialogue, which will usher in an “era of peace and stability” in South Asia.

“In the context of foreign relations especially in South Asia, Pakistan continues to follow the policy of peaceful neighbourhood and in that context, Pakistan has sought peaceful and good neighbourly relations with all countries in South Asia including India,” he said.

The Pakistan High Commission on Friday also held a function to mark Pakistan’s National Day.

I hope there would be space for diplomacy and efforts to begin dialogue which helps the two countries resolve their differences and a move towards bilateral relations, he said.

“We have always sought solution of all outstanding disputes through dialogue and we believe that all outstanding issues including Kashmir if they are resolved through dialogue, it will usher in an era of peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia,” the Pakistani envoy said.

He also said the 2018 marks 70 years of India and Pakistan after Independence in 1947, and it is important to reflect how the last 70 years have gone and resolve that the next 70 years would be different.

Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman in Islamabad, Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the high commissioner stayed in Pakistan for consultations for some days and also called on the prime minister.

“His presence here was useful and many important issues in addition to the harassment of officials in New Delhi were discussed. He is returning to India tonight,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)