Abdul Basit

  • Nawaz Sharif committed to improving India-Pakistan ties: Envoy 3 days ago

    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...
  • No request from India to extradite 26/11 suspects: Pak June 25, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan has not received a formal request from India to hand over a group of suspects in last year's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks and probably would not do so if it did, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. An Indian court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistanis accused...