‘India, Pakistan youth can be ambassadors of peace’

February 13, 2019

TEHRAN _ In a bid to bring the youth of India and Pakistan closer and remove the trust deficit, Pakistan’s envoy to India has started outreach efforts and engagement with the youth.

In an interaction with students in New Delhi on Tuesday, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said youth of the two countries could play a role in transforming the Indo-Pak relations, urging them to be the “ambassadors of peace”.

“He urged them to be the 'ambassadors of Pakistan-India peace' as they go forth in life and pursue their professional careers in diverse fields,” read the statement issued by embassy.

Commenting on the historical evolution of Indo-Pak relations, Mahmood stressed on the importance of “changing the conflictual pattern of the past to a cooperative pattern in the future”, the statement added.

He also stressed on the imperatives of "sustained engagement, a result-oriented dialogue process, resolution of outstanding disputes, enhanced regional cooperation, and collective endeavors for shared prosperity”.

“The need for more exchange between intellectuals, academics, artists and sportsmen of the two countries was underscored,” he stressed.

The envoy expressed hope that the historic Kartarpur Initiative by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan would be "instrumental in further facilitating and fortifying people-to-people bonds".

India and Pakistan, the two South Asian neighbors, have fought three wars since the partition of erstwhile British India in 1947. The bone of contention between them is the disputed Kashmir territory.

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