Pak Army Will Have Role In India Policy, Says Basit

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Islamabad: Even as he asserted that Nawaz Sharif was in the “driving seat” in his country, Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said the Pakistani army has an important role to play in Islamabad’s India policy.

In an interview, he said the army had important inputs to give on India, Afghanistan and all other security-related issues.

Media reports from Pakistan have suggested that Sharif ‘s civilian government has asked the army to act against terrorist groups.

Basit categorically rejected these reports but said it would be “incorrect” to expect that the Pakistan army would not have a role on India-related issues.

He qualified his remark by saying even India could not have a Pakistan policy without consulting its armed forces.

In a sign that Pakistan is not going to concede any ground on Kashmir , and even as he underlined the significance of talks, Basit said Islamabad did not want to have a dialogue on the issue “just for the heck of it”.