Ready for talks but ensure peaceful atmosphere: India tells Pakistan

The assertion from India comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Islamabad wants peaceful settlement of matters with India.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: December 23, 2016 9:16 pm
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India on Friday insisted that it has never refused for talks with Pakistan while stating that it is the Asian neighbour which has to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the same. “We have never refused talks, but Pakistan has to ensure a peaceful atmosphere. Pakistan needs to stop supporting terrorism. Pakistan should create a healthy atmosphere for talks,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a weekly press briefing.

“We are repeatedly seeing that there is cross border firing at the LoC, there are terrorist attacks. Every other day, there are instances of infiltration. They are attacking our soldiers,” he added.

The MEA spokesperson further insisted that in such a situation and atmosphere, no fruitful talks can take place between the hostile neighbours.

“In such a situation, how can we have fruitful talks with Pakistan? It is Pakistan which has to ensure that there are suitable conditions for bilateral talks,” he said.

“It should create an atmosphere where they don’t take the help of violence and terrorism. And then we are ready for talks with Pakistan on any issue,” he added.

This assertion from India comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Islamabad wants peaceful settlement of matters with India.

Addressing the Bosnian Parliamentary group on Wednesday, Sharif said there is no presence of Daesh in Pakistan, adding that his country has effectively handled the threats from al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

He said Pakistan has paid a heavy price for war against terrorism.

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  1. A
    Dec 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm
    stan can not give up terror . It is like an itch it needs to scratch.
    1. U
      Dec 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm
      Sorry dost not all Muslim only stani Muslims we Indian Muslim living in UK we live in peace
      1. Anon
        Dec 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm
        stan will repeat the same pattern. lt;br/gt;Terror attacks, ridiculous blame towards India , cross border firing, then pretend it wants peace. lt;br/gt;Indian government should continue working for betterment of state and not deal with stan beyond defending our territory.
        1. J
          Dec 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm
          Try some different approach to solve India and stan problem now. Since 70 years we talk and fought three war with no result even India have upper hand in the Wars. Somebody is insane and not interested to solve disputes. Making happy to weapon merchants.
          1. R
            Dec 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm
            stan has a responsibility to ensure its territory is not used against India, but you must stop brutal restrictions against Kashmiris. Things weren't so bad until protests broke out after Wani's death, but do you really think any stani politician can stay silent while Kashmiris are shot? No, because they will be elected out of office. We even have a Kashmiri prime minister,!so of course Kashmir remains close to our heart. We both have a responsibility here, and pretending it's all one sided is not realistic or helpful.
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