Indian High Commissioner urges Pakistan for talk on terror, need for building trust

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Islamabad, Aug 13: High Commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan has urged Pakistan to candidly discuss the issue of terrorism with India while delivering a lecture on "The Peace Dividends".

"There is a need to understand why we are raising this issue," he said, adding that the two countries should candidly discuss the issue of terrorism.

Envoy urges Pak for talk on terror

The lecture was attended by a large number of rights, peace and civil society activists and academicians, including I.A. Rehman, Hina Jilani and Dr Mubarak Ali, Dawn online reported.

He said that Pakistan had faced a lot of terrorism which, he added, would have to be looked into from different angles so that the two countries could move forward.

"India and Pakistan had made a lot of progress in developing good relations, mainly through technology (internet and satellite television) and travel facilities, they were required to develop trust in each other. "Without this, issues like the Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved."

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He said India wanted peace with its neighbours to strengthen its economy. Its major achievement has been the attainment of six per cent GDP growth despite its diversity and huge population. And it wants to raise it further to seven to eight per cent in 25 years in order to meet challenges like poverty.

He also urged India and Pakistan to sit and talk on the issue of ceasefire violations as both the countries indulge in cross-border shelling.

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