In response to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s address at the UN General Assembly in which he renewed the offer for dialogue with India on all thorny issues, India’s External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday Narendra Modi has always sought dialogue and peace but Pakistan has turned its back on the offer.
“Mr Modi, “from the moment he took his oath of office, offered the hand of peace and friendship [to Pakistan],” Sushma told the UNGA. Pakistan must answer why it spurned this offer, she added, according to The Hindu.
Sushma said India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve all issues bilaterally, in the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.
Pakistan, she said, had allowed the joint decision in 2015 to have a “Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue”, which was proposed by former PM Nawaz Sharif. “Pakistan is responsible for aborting that peace process,” she alleged.
Sushma said Pakistanis should look at the economic progress India had made since the two countries emerged on independence from Britain in 1947.