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Ready to discuss issue of terrorism with India but New Delhi 'reluctant' to cooperate: Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

on Thursday said it was ready to discuss the issue of with as it claimed that is "reluctant" to cooperate on the matter, which is also a "primary concern" for

wants constructive engagement with as per the policy of Imran Khan, told media at a weekly briefing here.

"is also ready to discuss which is also a primary concern for Pakistan," he said.

has made it clear to Pakistan that and dialogue will not go hand-in-hand.

Faisal said Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart on September 14, 2018 reiterating "our principled position of resolving all outstanding issues, including the dispute, through peaceful dialogue".

However, India, he said, has been "reluctant to cooperate on the issue of terrorism".

His comments came ahead of a Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting to be held in on May 21-22, which will be attended by and her Pakistani counterpart

The relationship between the two neighbouring nations currently is at all-time low after a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in on February 14 that killed 40 soldiers.

Amid mounting outrage, the (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

The next day, the PAF retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released and handed over to India on March 1.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:11 IST