Srigar, July 2: India desires cordial relations with Pakistan but said Islamabad “will have to change its approach” for this to happen, Home Minister Rajth Singh said on Thursday. “I want to say from the depth of my heart that we want good and friendly relations with Pakistan. It is our policy to have cordial relations with all our neighbouring countries, including Pakistan,” Singh told reporters here on the concluding day of his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The minister, accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, paid obeisance at the Amarth cave shrine in the Himalayas of south Kashmir along with the first batch of pilgrims on Thursday. The two-month-long holy yatra began on Thursday amid tight security.
He pointed out that Prime Minister rendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart waz 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. (IANS)