India desires cordial ties with Pakistan: Rajnath

Srinagar, July 2: India desires cordial relations with Pakistan but said Islamabad “will have to change its approach” for this to happen, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

The two-month-long holy yatra began on Thursday amid tight security.

He pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 to “demonstrate our (India’s) urge for peaceful and normal relations with that country.

“We made our intentions clear on the day of the oath-taking ceremony (of Modi). If it was not our intention to improve relations with Pakistan, perhaps our prime minister would not have invited Sharif,” he said.

Invoking former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s quote on Pakistan that ‘friends change, but neighbours don’t’, Singh said, “We also believe in that. There will be no let up in our efforts but Pakistan will have to think about it (too). It takes two hands to clap.”

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