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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      Madhu Sudana
      Mar 5, 2017 at 1:35 am
      Positive intelligent of JandK are requested kindly guide the general people of Jand K, and torching them for peace and prosperous living .Kindly find the solution to stop hostility and violence in Jand K through below link .lt;br/gt;
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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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                    Anonymous
                    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                    You stanis feed the terrorist, supply weapons to them, send them into our land, kill our people and you want to talk peace with us?!? Stupidity at its best! Run out of our land, try to develop the land what you have already and educate your children instead of sending to jihad. You fight for Kashmir as if every part of stan is well developed and without the extra land of Kashmir it is tough for stanis to sustain their development. ROFL.. No peace, India will teach you lessons if you don't learn by yourself..
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                      jasbir
                      Dec 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm
                      Isolated, stan is seeking world attention by bringing up Kashmere issue. Any that wants talk peace with india is considered traiter. India is doing the right thing by looking the other way. Smack them hard if they keep poking. They are not worried about indian nuckes why is india and US worried.
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                        Bandra
                        Dec 16, 2016 at 11:48 am
                        Who wants talks with these B--t--ds? They talk one thing and do another thing.Not to be trusted at all. If they are so much interested in bloodshed then why don't they dismantle their terror organisations. Day in and Day out newspapers all over the world are filled with news regarding the brutality of the Punjabi stani muslim. They blow up Shia mosques, burn Christian churches, torture the Balochs and Kashmiris, bomb the Pathans and at the same time talk about bloodshed. Mr Zakaria and co-don't be hypocrites. If you want development withdraw your troops from Pak occupied Kashmir and stop sending terrorists.
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                          Krishna Karmakar
                          Dec 16, 2016 at 11:53 am
                          Why does Pajistan want to talk. On one hand their ISI / Army are sneaking in terrorists on suicide missions while the ostensible Civilian government wishes to hold talks but about what? Does it make sense to hold talks with a dysfunctional and failing State? Until they understand what consutes sound neighbour relations, there is no point in holding talks.
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                            KIRAN
                            Dec 17, 2016 at 1:43 am
                            stan does not want kashmir to be happy.
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                              Anand Ch
                              Dec 18, 2016 at 1:26 am
                              Sabotage ? Unshaven faces don't allow to have good dialogue.First get hygienic.
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                                Prashant
                                Dec 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                                Our Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has become so much obsessed with Modi that he is unable to differentiate what his stand should be on several things. In 2014 General Election, he fought election on as many Lok Sabha seats that even national parties like INC and BJP couldn't match him. Rather than focusing on Delhi and Punjab election, he is going in Varanasi and campaigning against BJP. Now, he has started taking stand on stan side. His downfall is imminent.
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                                  Raghu
                                  Dec 16, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                  Sabotaging...de-railing..dia?!? Really? Who is sending te.rr.orists? Who is violating firing along loc? Then how can expect to be normal rekations?
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                                    raj
                                    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                                    it is stan that behaves like SATAN and spoiling all
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                                      Rajesh Chibba
                                      Dec 17, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                                      India should declare that Indian Kashmir is ' Not Negotiable.' The only discussion that can be held is on ' Pak Occupied Kashmir.'
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                                        Jai
                                        Dec 17, 2016 at 3:29 am
                                        feel the pressure stan
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                                          Suresh
                                          Dec 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                          Talks about Kashmir ????? What is there to talk about Kashmir ? All that the s have to do is inform India as to when they will vacate from POK, G-B and Balouchistan and Sindh. This can be communicated without any useless talks. As China is busy damming Brahmaputra we must start the process of diverting the Indus so that it will feed the Brahmaputra and ensure adequate water to the lower riparian states. That is all there is to it
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                                            browneyes
                                            Dec 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm
                                            stan lies to everyone, including itself. No point in talking to this murderous terrorist system.
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