Pakistan´s foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz, has said that he plans to attend the Heart of Asia Conference in India on December 3 and this visit could be used to defuse tension.

Indias diplomatic blitz will disturb peace says Pak Sartaj Aziz to visit India
news Geopolitics Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 16:10

India's "aggressive diplomatic stance" would disturb peace in the region, Pakistan's Interior Minister has told British Prime Minister Theresa May.

In his meeting with May on Tuesday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan would not be influenced by the Indian tactics and "hence reserves the right to avenge the killings of its soldiers", Geo News reported.

He said that the "aggressive diplomatic stance of India is detrimental for the peace and security of the region".

Theresa May met Khan along with Britain's National Security Adviser Mark Lyall Grant at 10 Downing Street.

During his conversation with Mark, the interior minister stressed the need to focus on Indian "intransigence". He said India's "hegemonic" stance and aggressive posturing was a threat to peace and stability in the region.

Khan stated that Pakistan would not bow down to bullying tactics and stressed that the global community would have to come together to counter India's designs against his country.

He also urged global leaders to stop viewing South Asia through India's lens.

Nisar said friendly relations between Pakistan and its neighbouring countries were based on a principle of reciprocity, which was a fundamental and important element of Islamabad's foreign policy.

May expressed her desire to visit Pakistan early next year and said her visit would be timely considering the regional political situation in South Asia and would help open up new channels of multi-lateral cooperation and coordination.

Meanwhile, Pakistan´s foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz, has said that he plans to attend the Heart of Asia Conference in India on December 3 and suggested the visit could be used to "defuse the tension" between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

"Unlike India, that had sabotaged Saarc summit in Pakistan by pulling out, Pakistan will respond by participating in the Heart of Asia being held in Amritsar, India, on December 3," confirmed Aziz to PTV news on Tuesday.

The adviser said he himself will participate in the conference.

"Despite the fact that Indian forces killed our seven soldiers along Line of Control on Monday, Pakistan will not boycott the conference," Aziz maintained.

Aziz´s trip to India would be the first by a senior Pakistani official since gunmen raided an army base in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir and killed 19 soldiers in September, an attack New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

The Heart of Asia conference focusing on Afghanistan is due to be held in Amritsar, close to the Pakistani border.

The conference will seek ways to help improve security and bring peace to Afghanistan, which has been mired in conflict since a US-led coalition toppled the hardline Taliban government in 2001.

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have also been strained over the past year, with Kabul accusing Islamabad of harbouring the leaders of Taliban and seeking to meddle in Afghan affairs.

Pakistan denies the charge. "Heart of Asia is for Afghanistan and Afghanistan is our priority," said Aziz.

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