Welcome dialogue, but let’s discuss Pakistan support to terror, says MEA

The war of words is the latest after Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif upped the ante on the Kashmir issue in the wake of the turmoil in the valley over the last one month.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published: August 14, 2016 2:53 am
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A day after Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Islamabad will invite New Delhi for a dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, India drew the red line as it welcomed dialogue on “contemporary and relevant issues”, including “stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism”.

This terse response from the Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup came on a day Wang Yi, foreign minister of Pakistan’s all-weather friend China, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed the China-Pakistan economic corridor.

Launching a book on Modi Doctrine at another event on Saturday, Swaraj said, “Among issues that dominate global concerns today is the threat of terrorism. As you all know, it is an issue which has confronted Indian diplomacy for many years because of its cross-border manifestation. Unlike in the past, we cannot agree that dialogue with sponsors and supporters of terrorism should carry on without being linked to action in that regard. In fact, we have insisted that addressing the challenge of terrorism is central to engagement.”

On Aziz’s proposal to invite India for a dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, Swarup said, “India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism, infiltration of terrorists like Bahadur Ali, incitement to violence and terrorism across the border, parading of internationally recognised terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, and sincere follow-up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation in Pakistan.”

Setting precondition for talks is being seen as New Delhi’s hardline response, and comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for highlighting atrocities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the international level.

The war of words is the latest after Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif upped the ante on the Kashmir issue in the wake of the turmoil in the valley over the last one month.

Aziz’s proposal on Friday — “Our Foreign Secretary would formally be writing to his counterpart in this regard” — was aimed at making the point after Pakistan’s Envoys’ Conference held on August 1-3. He had said the conference spent considerable time on the “grim situation” in Kashmir. The conference had emphasised that Islamabad should continue to extend full diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination.

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    khan
    Aug 14, 2016 at 7:12 am
    Kashmir almost slipping away and India is showing rigidity. Why to wait for a day once talks on Kashmir,Khalistan,bodoland,Nagaland,chatesgarh,mesoram,am and so on are done under UN administration and then you are short of ministers
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      kulaputra kulaputra
      Aug 14, 2016 at 12:46 am
      This paper is run by stani establishment once Mr. Goenka was out of power. Chaneg the ownership back please
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        kvl
        Aug 14, 2016 at 4:43 am
        Why is Pak calling India or talks.There is nothing like talks to please the world leaders or UN.Already Rajnath singh visited Pak and what respect he got. All should be stopped for the time being.roads, railways, transport.Only diplomacy.
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          s s nair
          Aug 14, 2016 at 2:55 am
          We have heard the hollow talks of our ministers in the past and present. First please talk to Togadia and then talk to stan and China. Sushma Swaraj please note.
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            SC Joshi
            Aug 14, 2016 at 2:10 am
            What a shame on stan? stan must see his own country burning like situation in Baluchistan and also in our stan Occupied Kashmir. It has no locus standie to point out the human rights violations in Kashmir. We are happy that our government on the behest of opposition has started talking about our Kashmir Part illegally occupied by th Na-stan and atrocities being committed by stani army on the people of Baluchistan. India must raise these both issues in the forthcoming UN conference to update the world leaders about the reality of the situations
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