New Delhi, Feb 13: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has stirred a fresh controversy again by saying that most political parties in Pakistan want cordial relations with India but the same shift is not visible in the mindset of Indian political parties. Speaking at the Karachi Literature Festival, over the weekend,  Aiyar said that the need of the hour was for both countries to engage in uninterrupted dialogue.

“There is only one way to resolve the India- Pakistan issue and that is by way of uninterrupted and un-interruptible dialogue. While Islamabad has accepted the policy of and need for continuous dialogue to resolve issues of bilateral importance, New Delhi has not,” Aiyar stated. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi Wants Mani Shankar Aiyar to Apologise For ‘Neech’ Remark Against PM Modi)

He added, “I love Pakistan because I love India. India should love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Aiyar stressed that ‘Kashmir’ and ‘India-directed terrorism’ are the two main issues that need to be dealt with.

He further said that India and Pakistan should adopt a framework that was formulated by the regime led by former president general (retired) Pervez Musharraf.

Earlier in the day,Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had issued a stern warning to Pakistan saying that it would have to pay a price its “misadventures”, two days after militants stormed an army camp in Jammu and entered the residential quarters of junior commissioned officers, spraying bullets and hurling bombs.