India ‘sabotaging’ efforts to normalise relations: Pakistan

"Every time there is prospect for talks, they come up with a new excuse," said Zakaria.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: December 16, 2016 4:39 pm
Kashmir, Pakistan Kashmir, Pakistan India, India Pakistan Kashmir, Kashmir issue, Pakistan Kashmir issue, India Pakistan Kashmir issue “India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture that we made towards normalising relations,” Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said. (Source: AP)

Pakistan has accused India of “sabotaging” efforts to normalise relations and using “flimsiest of reasons” to avoid talks, as it called on New Delhi to show “seriousness” in resolving the Kashmir issue. “The trajectory (of ties) has been down the slope. India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture that we made towards normalising relations,” Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria told PTI. Asked about why the two countries could not resume talks in 2016, Zakaria alleged that India was using “flimsiest of reasons to avoid talks”. “Every time there is prospect for talks, they come up with a new excuse. They want to suppress Kashmiris and use Pakistan card and border tension to hide their crimes against humanity” in Kashmir and also for “playing domestic politics”, he claimed.

Asked if 2017 will be better for bilateral ties, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said it depends on the “Indian attitude, Indian intransigence and Indian behaviour to improve the security situation in the region”. “Most importantly, they should also immediately stop the bloodshed in Kashmir,” he said. “India should show that it is ready for talks. It should show seriousness to resolve Kashmir,” Zakaria said.

Noting that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said on the sidelines of Heart of Asia summit in Pakistan last year that peace process would continue and no incident would be able to derail the talks, Zakaria said since the Pathankot attack, India has been using it as a pretext to “run away from talks”.

“Though, they have no proof against Pakistan,” he added. Zakaria said Pakistan is not using issues like the arrest of “RAW operative” Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has allegedly confessed involvement of India in “perpetrating and financing” terrorism, to avoid dialogue with India because it believes that all contentious issues can be resolved through dialogue. Responding to a question about calm at LoC following Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s India visit this month, Zakaria said, “the LoC calm was temporary. It was due to the international pressure after the UN, the US and several other countries urged for lowering tension.”

Zakaria claimed that Pakistan has done everything to create a conducive atmosphere for revival of talks. “On the contrary, India remained busy in vitiating the atmosphere and always scuttled the efforts. It did so in November by sabotaging the SAARC summit. The summit was not about politics but about improving the socio-economic condition of the entire region. Then it showed same attitude during the Heart of Asia conference,” he alleged.

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    Madhu Sudana
    Mar 5, 2017 at 1:35 am
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    Anonymous
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm
    And continually training and sending armed terrorist across the border helps create a conducive atmosphere? stan lives in cloud cuckoo land.
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    Anonymous
    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm
    stan survival depends on terror and animosity with India .That can never change as it would collapse under the extreme domination of one dominant group with a virulent violent ideology over all other regional minorities within it. The same one which Bangladesh escaped from.
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    Arvind
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:46 am
    I wonder why should India pay attention to stan. We should defend our border and focus on our development.
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    AML
    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm
    The stani representatives are in the habit of repeatedly lying to the world, imagining that the world would believe them. Chronic liars are like the wolf crier. Why should the world believe them?
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    Ankush Dey
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    And why has the firing stopped at LoC ... because their DGMO begged Indian DGMO not because of International pressure ... World Bank gave it back to stan on Indus Water Treaty and stan claims India is under pressure ... Wow!
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    Ankush Dey
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    Yes, why is stan interested to talk with India? We don't want peace with stan, we would rather want to split stan into four. They also know that we will not give Kashmir to them rather we will take back PoK (Gilgit-Baltistan-Kashmir) from them. We will also abolish Indus Water Treaty and not allow a single drop of water flow. So, why they want to talk to India? They have nukes and terrorists and they should continue to threaten using/use them :)
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