NEW DELHI (Staff Report) – Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that  Pakistan wants to have a normal and peaceful relationship with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual interest.

Talking to media in New Delhi, he said there is no shortcut to achieve a lasting peace and nor does cherry-picking work.

He stressed the need to engage in uninterruptedly, comprehensively and meaningful dialogue between the two countries to settle all issues.

Abdul Basit said Kashmir dispute is the root cause of mutual distrust and other bilateral issues.

He said fair and just resolution of Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is imperative and attempts to put it on the back burner will be counterproductive.