India's high commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria, while addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday, hoped that the relations between India and Pakistan will improve after the 2018 general elections.
"We hope that Pak-India relations will improve following the general elections in Pakistan," Bisaria said, adding that the two countries started facing strained relations since 1999.
"There has been a mutual contract to not harass diplomats from either side," the Indian high commissioner said while referring to the agreement which was announced through a statement simultaneously issued by the Foreign Office and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in March this year.
The statement reads: "India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 'Code of Conduct' for treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan."
He also said that poverty is both countries' mutual enemy and that the people of both nations do not hate each other.
"The truth is that terrorist events hindered the talks between the two countries," he said while adding that the two countries need to take baby steps in order to make their relationship better.