Maintaining that India wants good relations with Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said resumption of stalled talks with Islamabad was possible if there was an improvement in the situation.
Against the backdrop of frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Singh said India was prepared to tackle any “challenge” from across the border.
“Definitely…if Pakistan responds properly, talks can be resumed. Neighbours are neighbours. One can change friends but not neighbours. We want good relations with all our neighbours,” he said.
“India is committed to having good relations with Pakistan. But if any challenge comes, our soldiers are capable of tackling it,” Singh, who was here to inaugurate a composite border-out-post (BOP) of the BSF in Lakhpat in Kutch district, told reporters.
India had called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled last month after its High Commissioner Abdul Basit held meetings with Kashmiri separatists.The Home Minister also said fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, said to be in Pakistan after fleeing India in the wake of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, would be repatriated.
“Whoever has committed serious crimes against India…we will secure their repatriation,” Singh said in response to a query on Dawood’s repatriation.