Sajjad HussainIslamabad, Sep 13:
Pakistan was ready for talks with India and it was awaiting an official response from New Delhi on how to move forward on the issue, Pakistan Foreign Office said Thursday.
"We are ready for talks with India. We have also conveyed our position to the international community. It remains for India to respond," Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said here during the weekly media briefing.
Recalling the recent statement of Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria that Prime Minister Imran Khan's government has opened a political window and India is "filled with cautious hope", Faisal said, "We want to utilise the same window and see how we can move forward."
"We are also saying since long that dialogue is the only way forward to settle all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India. We are officially waiting for a response from India on how they want to move forward. We have a consistent position on this," he said.
Talking about the recent overtures, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Prime Minister Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also received a letter from his Indian counterpart.
The ties between the two countries had strained after the militant attacks in India. The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.
Faisal said that there were few Track-II initiatives with India which were not official but added that he had no information about any official back channel currently being operational.
When asked about any formal response from India on the offer to open the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims, he said, "I do not have any information on this."
He also said Pakistan took "strong exception to the unwarranted references" against it in the joint statement issued after Indo-US 2 2 Dialogue in India.
Faisal said that Pakistan has conveyed its position to the US on the issue.
"Pakistan rejects these baseless allegations (in the joint statement). Accordingly, we have conveyed our position to the US side," he said.