Abdul Basit

  • Keep the 'door ajar' to achieve whatever is possible: Pakistan 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Pakistan on Saturday made a strong pitch for normalisation of ties with India after last month's "political setback" and said in diplomacy one should keep or leave the "door ajar" so that whatever was possible could be achieved. The remarks were made by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit,...
  • Pakistan envoy echoes Sushma Swaraj, says time for 'new beginning' in ties September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan on Thursday said that it "could not agree more" with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's "no full stop" in diplomacy remark and noted that the time has come for making a "new beginning" in bilateral ties. "I cannot agree more (with Swaraj) because in diplomacy, you need...
  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories August 29, 2014

    Bullet News is CNN-IBN's non-stop prime time bulletin where we bring to you the day's top stories from around the world. Be it politics, sports, entertainment or business, catch it here, only in 30 minutes. ...
  • News 360: Pak made spectacle of talks, says PM Modi August 29, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some tough words for Pakistan on Friday. In an interaction with the Japanese media ahead of his Saturday visit to the country, Modi said that he was "disappointed that Pakistan had sought to make a spectacle of talks" and went ahead and held meetings with...
  • PM talks tough, says Pak made a spectacle of talks by holding meetings with 'secessionist elements' August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some tough words for Pakistan on Friday. In an interaction with the Japanese media ahead of his Saturday visit to the country, Modi said that he was "disappointed that Pakistan had sought to make a spectacle of talks" and went ahead...
  • Hope Centre will reconsider decision to cancel talks with Pak: Omar Abdullah August 24, 2014

    Srinagar: Terming frequent violations of the ceasefire as a "matter of serious concern", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed hope that the Centre would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan in order to end the border hostilities. "I hope that there is some rethink...
  • News 360: Irom Sharmila freed, says her fast against AFSPA will continue August 20, 2014

    Irom Sharmila has been released from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science of Imphal on Wednesday evening. A Manipur Court on Tuesday had ordered Sharmila's release citing lack of evidence on attempted suicide charges. The court had said that she should be released immediately. ...
  • India, Pakistan face trust deficit August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: It was Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit's first public statement, since the Foreign Secretary level talks were called off. And he made it clear that for his government, it wasn't a question of an "either-Or" when it comes to speaking to Kashmiri separatist leaders, which of course was...
  • India talks tough, tells Pakistan there are only two stakeholders on Jammu and Kashmir August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Just hours after the Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, defended his meeting with the Kashmiri separatists, India hit back saying there were only two stakeholders on Jammu and Kashmir - India and Pakistan, asking the neighbouring country to respect past accords on truce. "After 1972 and the signing of...
  • Guns fall silent, no fresh truce violation by Pakistan August 19, 2014

    Jammu: There was no fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday evening after nearly 10 days of intermittent firing and shelling from across the border. "There is no ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the IB in Jammu...
  • Cancellation of talks with India setback to ties: Pakistan August 18, 2014

    Islamabad: Describing the cancellation of next week's Foreign Secretary-level talks as a "setback" to Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying it was a "long-standing practice" to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys. "The Indian decision is a setback to the efforts by our leadership to...
  • Is Centre's decision to scrap Pak talks a knee-jerk reaction? August 18, 2014

    India on Monday called off its Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, sending a strong message to the country after its envoy held an hour-long meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi despite a warning by India against it. CNN-IBN takes views from across across the country over the Indo-Pak talks. ...
  • India calls off talks after Pakistan envoy meets Kashmiri separatist leaders August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday called off its Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, sending a strong message to the country after its envoy held an hour-long meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi despite a warning by India against it. Facing flak from the Opposition Congress over continuing ceasefire violations by...
  • Political parties condemn Pak envoy's move to invite J&K separatist leaders for talks August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the secretary level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for August, Pakistan envoy to India, Abdul Basit, has invited separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir for talks to New Delhi on August 18-19. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Pakistan wants feedback from the separatists...
  • Nawaz Sharif committed to improving India-Pakistan ties: Envoy July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to normalisation of relations with India on the basis of mutual interest and respect, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has said. Basit was speaking at the Jama Masjid which he visited at the invitation of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari for 'Iftar'...
  • 'Acche din aa rahe hain' for Indo-Pak ties: Pak envoy June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Borrowing from Narendra Modi's phraseology, Pakistan on Tuesday said that 'acche din aa rahe hain' for bilateral ties with India and expressed hope that the process of granting non-discriminatory market access to the country will begin after the resumption of talks between the two. "Let the bilateral...
  • India should not shy away from 'contentious' issues: Pakistan May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan on Monday said India should not shy away from dealing with "contentious" issues like Jammu and Kashmir which need to be resolved for the two countries to move on. Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit also said first four-five months of the new government will be...
  • Nawaz Sharif invites Modi to Pakistan, says 'hope BJP win boosts ties' May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan has invited India's PM-elect Narendra Modi to visit the country. Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit told CNN-IBN that their Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had called Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his electoral victory, expressing "hope that BJP's decisive victory would augur well for...
  • Pakistan keen on peace with India, wants sustained talks: Envoy April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Maintaining that wars between the two countries have fetched no returns, Pakistan on Tuesday said that it wants a sustained and comprehensive dialogue process with India and asserted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was keen on peace with New Delhi for growth and prosperity of his country. "Our Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • 'Encouraged' by Modi's remarks on ties: Pakistan envoy April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan on Wednesday said it was "encouraged" after BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remarks regarding ties with foreign countries and asserted that it was looking forward to a stable government here to engage "quickly, comprehensively and meaningfully". Making a strong pitch for resumption of dialogue process, Pakistan...
  • Feel encouraged by Modi's criticism of Giriraj: Pak High Commissioner April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi has found a new admirer. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday said that he felt "encouraged" by the statements of the BJP strongman on television. Basit was addressing a press conference when he was asked how he felt about the statements made by BJP leader...
  • Pakistan appoints Abdul Basit as new High Commissioner to India December 19, 2013

    Pakistan on Thursday appointed career diplomat Abdul Basit as its new High Commissioner to India. Basit, 55, was earlier tipped to take over as Foreign Secretary but the government recently made several changes in proposed appointments. The government initially zeroed in on Syed Ibne Abbas as the new envoy to New...
  • Pak drops plan to send Ibne Abbas as its envoy to India December 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan has dropped plans to send Syed Ibne Abbas as the new High Commissioner to India and instead replaced him with career diplomat Abdul Basit, a top Pakistani official said on Monday. 55-year-old Basit was earlier tipped to take over as the Foreign Secretary but the government had last week...
  • We never broke our relations with the US: Pakistan April 13, 2012

    Islamabad: Underlining that it has never broken its relations with US, Pakistan on Thursday said it wants "normal and mutually beneficial" ties with Washington but the shape of future bilateral relationship will be decided by an ongoing parliamentary review ordered by the government. "There is a mutual desire to have...
  • We never broke our relations with the US: Pak April 12, 2012

    Islamabad: Underlining that it has never broken its relations with US, Pakistan on Thursday said it wants "normal and mutually beneficial" ties with Washington but the shape of future bilateral relationship will be decided by an ongoing parliamentary review ordered by the government. "There is a mutual desire to have normal...
  • Not putting Kashmir issue on backburner: Pak March 9, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said it is not putting the "core issue" of Kashmir on the backburner as it works to normalise ties with India, and any final settlement between the two sides would be linked to realising the "aspirations of the Kashmiri people". "The Jammu and Kashmir dispute is about...
  • MFN status for India by Oct: Pakistan December 8, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said the process of giving India Most Favoured Nation status to boost bilateral trade is expected to be completed by October next year. Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said "October next year is the time-frame which has been given" for granting MFN status to India. He was...
  • FM may visit India after an agreement on outcome: Pak December 9, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to visit India next year if there is agreement on the "agenda" and "outcome" of his parleys with his Indian counterpart, the Foreign Office said on Thursday. "The Indian External Affairs Minister, during his visit to Pakistan in July, has invited our...
  • Pakistan seeks clarity on India's stand on talks February 18, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan is rankled by India's positioning on the Foreign Secretary level talks and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's remarks on no resumption of Composite Dialogue. "We have noted with concern remarks attributed by the media to India's External Affairs Minister on the forthcoming meeting of the Foreign Secretaries in New...
  • Pak examining new Indian dossier: Adbul Basit August 8, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities are examining the latest dossier provided by India on the Mumbai terror attacks and the government is not in a position to make a "substantive comment" on the issue, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said on Friday. In a statement issued in response to a question on specific...