Outgoing Indian envoy says Pakistan-India ties saw several lows in last two years


LAHORE Nov 08 (TNS): Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, said on Wednesday that the two countries’ relationship witnessed several challenges in the last two years.

Bambawale made the comments while exiting the country via the Wagah Border crossing.

The diplomat claimed he is satisfied after “having done a lot” during his stint in Islamabad. He added that he hopes to come back to Pakistan but cannot say when that will happen.

During Bambawale’s tenure, Pakistan-India relations witnessed several lows, with the most notable being the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan in 2016.

Moreover, the repeated cross-border violations from India in Kashmir, as well as the Working Boundary, have marred relations between the two countries.

The diplomat was recently posted as the Indian ambassador in China.

Bambawale was appointed envoy to Islamabad in September 2015 after the incumbent, TCA Raghavan, retired.

Bambawale was serving as New Delhi’s ambassador to Bhutan prior to his appointment in Islamabad.

Ajay Bisaria will now take over as India’s new high commissioner to Pakistan. Bisaria was serving as Indian’s envoy to Poland.