India-Pakistan should engage in constructive dialogue for betterment of people: US
Washington: The US said it does not want to see India and Pakistan getting involved in 'war of words' but engaging in 'constructive dialogue' for the betterment of the people of both the nations.
When asked about Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilwal Bhutto's recent outburst against PM Narendra Modi, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference on Monday: " We have a global strategic partnership with India. I have just spoken to the depth of our partnership with Pakistan. These relationships stand on their own; it is not zero-sum."
" We see the importance – the indispensability really – of maintaining valuable partnerships with both our Indian and our Pakistani friends. Each of these relationships is – we don’t view them in relation to the other. Each of these relationships also happens to be multifaceted," he said.
He said: " So even as we deepen our global strategic partnership with India, we are also – we also have a relationship in which we can be candid and frank with one another. Where we have disagreements or concerns, we voice those just as we would with our Pakistani friends as well."
" The fact that we have partnerships with both countries makes us – of course leaves us not wanting to see a war of words between India and Pakistan. We would like to see constructive dialogue between India and Pakistan. We think that is for the betterment of the Pakistani people, for the Indian people," he said.
India on Friday slammed Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for his comments against PM Narendra Modi and said his 'uncivilised outburst' seems to be a result of the country's increasing inability to use terrorists and their proxies.
"These comments are a new low, even for Pakistan. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan has obviously forgotten this day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide unleashed by Pakistani rulers against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not seem to have changed much in the treatment of its minorities. It certainly lacks credentials to cast aspersions at India," MEA said in a statement.
Bhutto triggered a controversy by calling Indian PM Narendra Modi as the 'Butcher' of Gujarat.
"Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives and he is the Prime Minister of India," he was quoted as saying by the media.