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Diplomats’ harassment row We want to resolve matter soon as it affects ties says Pakistan envoy

Mahmood, who returned from Islamabad on Thursday after briefing his government about the reported harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India, was addressing guests at the high commission invited to celebrate the 70th National Day of Pakistan. Mahmood, who had gone back to Pakistan on March 16 for consultations amid the row over harassment of diplomats, said such issues affect relations between the two countries.

India has conveyed to Islamabad that safety and security of the Indian High Commission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the Pakistan government, the sources said. Referring to cross-border ceasefire violations, Hussain accused India of human rights violations in Kashmir. He also underlined what he called the importance of Pakistan's vision of "peaceful neighbourhood".

He added that Pakistan desired peaceful and good neighbourly relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality and respect.

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He reminded India that it could not suppress the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people and called upon an immediate peaceful resolution of the issue.

Mamnoon also said that the global scenario has changed, and now countries could not be coerced to tow the line of one particular country.

Giving a message of goodwill to those elements opposed to peace and stability, the president said that for national peace and prosperity, it was imperative that all kinds of outer aggression, hegemony, expansionism and interference into the affairs of others should be avoided.

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He said that Pakistan was ready to extend a hand of co-operation to the regional countries, but "taking it as a weakness will be a risky mistake". "We want to sort out this issue as soon as possible", Mr Mahmood said here, on the sidelines of a function.

At the Pakistani High Commission, various cultural programmes were organised to mark the Pakistan Day.

"I discussed this issue (harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India) with our government".

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President Xi Jinping further said that now China-Pakistan relations maintain a good momentum.

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