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Structured Indo-Pak engagement key to build edifice of durable peace: Pak

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has said it was hoping for "re-engagement" with after the polls, noting that structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns, resolve outstanding disputes and build the edifice of durable peace and security in the region.

In an interview to PTI, Pakistan's outgoing said diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable to improve ties between the two neighbours.

"We hope for re-engagement after the elections in Diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable," he said.

Tensions between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the countries were almost on the brink of a war after India's military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's on February 26 and carried out a counter-offensive the next day.

Mahmood, who has been appointed as Pakistan's next said dialogue between and was the only option to understand mutual concerns and ensure peace, prosperity and security in the region.

"Sustained engagement and structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns and differences, resolve outstanding disputes and build the edifice of durable peace, security and prosperity in the region," Mahmood said.

He also said that there was a need to review the narrative about Pakistan in India.

"A narrative is needed that captures the reality in Pakistan objectively and more fully. A narrative that also helps recognise opportunities for peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly relations," he said.

"We must strive for stable peace, equal security and shared prosperity for ourselves and the region," the added.

In signs of easing tensions, Pakistan around two weeks ago announced that it was releasing 360 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen as a "goodwill gesture".

The initiative was followed by here granting visas to 2,200 Sikh pilgrims from India to facilitate their participation in the annual Baisakhi celebrations in Pakistan.

Over two weeks after the strike, India and Pakistan held talks to finalise the modalities for setting up a corridor linking the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with district in

Asked about the Kartarpur corridor project, the Pakistani said was committed to completing the on its side.

"The government of Pakistan is proceeding in full measures to complete the on its side and it is hopeful that the modalities will be mutually agreed between the two sides in good time before November 2019," he said.

Last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib -- the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder -- to Dera in

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the shrine.

The relations between India and Pakistan remained tense since 2016. Former had travelled to to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony and the Indian had in December 2015 made a stopover in to greet his counterpart on his birthday.

However, the ties nose-dived following a string of cross-border terror attacks in 2016 and India's subsequent surgical strikes. The sentencing of alleged Indian to death by a military court in April 2017 further deteriorated bilateral ties.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 17:30 IST
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