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New Delhi: Pakistan on Thursday seemed to be extending an olive branch to India amid rising tensions with its envoy to New Delhi saying that Islamabad did not want to live in “perpetual hostility" with India, according to a PTI report.

Calling for “uninterrupted and uninterruptable" bilateral engagement, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said the two countries must overcome their differences in order to embark on an “irreversible trajectory" of cooperative relationship.

Basit’s comments come as tensions between the two countries have soared over terrorist attacks in India.

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While stating that Pakistan was ready for comprehensive talks with India, Basit, however, added that the desire for engagement was missing from the Indian side.

He said his government had patience and was ready to wait for resumption of dialogue.

“I think we have wasted 70 years of our existence. Time has now come to make up our mind on what do we want. Whether we would like to continue with the status quo or we want to make a new beginning in our ties," Basit said.

“Pakistan does not wish to live in perpetual hostility with India. We remain positive and constructive but it takes two to tango. There are serious problems between the two countries. We cannot shy away from them but at the end of the day we can engage in purposeful diplomacy, we can realise results for mutual satisfaction and make a good beginning," he said.

He, however, said that for Pakistan, the Kashmir dispute with India was the core issue and finding a solution to it could bridge the trust deficit between the countries.

“We need to move from conflict management to conflict resolution and that obviously cannot happen unless we talk to each other with sincerity and seriousness of purpose," Basit said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have been high since July when Pakistan described a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist killed by Indian troops in Kashmir as a “leader" and a “martyr."

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A terrorist attack on an Indian army garrison in September that killed 19 soldiers frayed ties further, with India retaliating with “surgical strikes" against terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

There have been multiple violations of the 2003 ceasefire since then, and tensions further rose after an attack on Tuesday by terrorists on an army garrison in Nagrota town in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s advisor on foreign affairs to the prime minister Nawaz Sharif, visited India for a multilateral conference on Afghanistan on 3-4 December, fuelling speculation about a thaw in ties.

PTI contributed to this story.

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