Hatred for India is no more spewed in Pakistan as state policy: Ex-FM Khar

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ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that hatred for India is no more spewed in Pakistan as a state policy.

The former FM was responding to a question by a news presenter on British broadcaster BBC on Saturday.

When asked why she thinks Imran Khan made the decision to release this Indian pilot in as olive branch gesture to India, Ms Khar said that the move was part of Pakistan’s intention to de-escalate tension with India.

“If you look at the last decade or so certainly the last few weeks and months, perhaps since the Modi government came in, you would see a very different temperature and mood towards India in Pakistan than you see the vice versa from India to Pakistan,” she said.

“In Pakistan no political government or no political party and that is what you saw all of its opposition came together since this crisis wants to use this a political weapon. Hatred for India is no more spewed in Pakistan as a state policy.”

Khar noted that there was a lot of aggressiveness from media, TV anchors, media, politicians and retired army generals in India.

“Unfortunately you see this whole aggressiveness which is in the media houses, among anchors, among policy makers, among politicians and among retired army generals which is coming from India.”

She stressed on the need to change the mindset and environment in India towards Pakistan to defuse tension.

“And I think we just need to completely change this environment and therefore when Prime Minister announced the decision of releasing the pilot from the floor of National Assembly in fact the joint session of the parliament, we all welcomed it.

“We want to move towards de-escalation and finally towards normalization and some long, long due rare intensive dialogue to be able to resolve the ongoing and existing and the years old disputes including the disputed territory of Kashmir that we have between the two countries.

‘Pakistan cannot react to aggressive India’

The former FM said that Pakistan doesn’t want to react to an aggressive India being led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We cannot react to Modi’s India which is belligerent, aggressive India. we have to really continue to tread our path through which we want to see peace and stability and security inb this region.”

“This region has suffered far too long because of this ongoing conflict between two nuclear states. How this very very dangerous ladder Prime Minister Modi has forced on Pakistan. As you know our airspace and international boundary was entered upon.”

All the political leadership, including PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and of course the PTI are on the same page. I think the messages from Pakistan were consistently towards peace, negotiation and what we called uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue with India to resolve our issues.

“I don’t think it is in our interest to let this conflict continue and therefore you see a completely different sense throughout this conflict. You have seen a very mature response from Pakistan to this escalation which was quiet clearly imposed upon us.”