Indo-Pak talks possible only if ‘terror’ becomes agenda: Press Club of India president

Referring to the rising death toll in the Valley, he said the centre needs to take hard measure to control the situation in Kashmir.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2016 11:40 am
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While the Foreign Secretary of India S. Jaishankar has expressed his interest on visiting Pakistan for having talks on terrorism, Press Club of India President Rahul Jalali asserted that if terror becomes the agenda, the talks between India and Pakistan can take place.

“The Foreign Secretary definitely mentions that when if he goes to Pakistan, and there was a big IF? The talks would only be focused on terror there is no question of talking Kashmir and that was ruled out. So, obviously if the terror becomes the agenda, probably the meeting between the two foreign secretaries would take place,” Jalali told ANI. Referring to the rising death toll in the Valley, he said the centre needs to take hard measure to control the situation in Kashmir.

In a response to Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry’s offer for having talks on Kashmir, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said discussions should focus only on terrorism the Kashmir Valley. He has also expressed his willing to go to Islamabad and discuss if they agrees to have discussion only on terrorist activities.

During their Independence Day speeches, Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan traded blows on topics sensitive to both countries. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, on the country’s Independence day, vowed support for the “indigenous freedom struggle” of the Kashmiri people in a direct reference to the ongoing protests in the Kashmir Valley against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the other hand, retaliated by thanking the people of Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir for their “support”.

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