India advises Pak to address challenge of terrorism

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): India on Thursday advised Pakistan to address the challenge of terrorism emanating from Islamabad, which has adversely affected peace and stability in the entire neighbourhood.

MEA official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India has seen media reports about Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's remarks today regarding the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that Islamabad is not in keeping with diplomatic niceties and are tantamount to interference in New Delhi's internal affairs.

"Pakistan would be well-advised to effectively address the challenge of terrorism emanating from that country, which has adversely affected peace and stability in the entire neighbourhood as well as Pakistan's relations with other countries," he added.

Basit, on the occasion of Pakistan Day celebrations here expressed Islamabad's desire to have good relations with India as well as to address the Kashmir issue.

"Pakistan has always tried to maintain good relations with its neighbors. We also want good relations with India," he told ANI.

He added, "We hope that we will be able to solve our differences and issues especially the Kashmir issue."

Auditor General of Pakistan, Rana Asad Ameen, along with Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan, Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Khwaja Maaz and officers of the armed forces. (ANI)