India says onus on Pakistan to
create terror-free environment

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NEW DELHI: Responding to Pakistan army chief General Qamar JavedBajwa surprise peace overture in which he said “it is time to extend a hand of peace in all directions,” New Delhi said the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free of terror.

Talking to reporters, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, “Our position is well-known. India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence. The onus is on Pakistan for creating such an environment.”

General Bajwa, while speaking at the graduation ceremony of Pakistan Air Force cadets was also quoted as saying, “Pakistan and India must also resolve the longstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir in a dignified and peaceful manner as per the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir and bring this human tragedy to its logical conclusion.”

India is maintaining its position that talks and terror can’t go together and there is no indication of any dialogue until Pakistan takes some concrete steps.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava

India which is now a non-permanent member of the UNSC has been asking international community to take action against countries backing and sponsoring proscribed terrorists like Hafeez Saeed, Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim and Maulana Masood Azhar.

Sources here also believe that talks are not possible until Pakistan stops cross-border infiltration and ceasefire violations.

The Pakistan Prime Minister has also launched an international smear campaign based on falsehood against India. Recently in an interview to ANI, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that he has informed the Centre that smuggling of weapons through drones has increased manifold.

Sources also believe that Pakistan is also attempting to add fuel to Khalistan movement in the backdrop of ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Meanwhile, India desires “normal neighbourly” relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

“India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility, and violence. The onus is on Pakistan to create such an environment” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during the weekly virtual press conference on Pakistan Army Chief’s remarks of ‘peaceful co-existence’.

On Tuesday, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar JavedBajwa said that India and Pakistan must resolve the longstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir “in a dignified and peaceful manner” and bring “this human tragedy to its logical conclusion”.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 144th GD (P), 90th Engineering Course and 100th AD courses held at PAF Academy, Asghar Khan, Gen Bajwa said “We stand firmly committed to the ideal of mutual respect and peaceful co-existence. It is time to extend hand of peace in all directions.”

However, India has repeatedly said that talks and terror cannot go together and Pakistan should take demonstrable steps against terror groups operating from its soil responsible for terror attacks against India. (ANI)