Pakistan ready for talks but Kashmir must be included: Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj Aziz asserted that Pakistan will give a befitting response to any Indian "aggression".

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:November 25, 2016 7:36 pm
india pakistan, pakistan sartaj aziz, sartaj aziz kashmir, kashmir issue, india pakistan kashmir issue, sartaj aziz pakistan, sartaj aziz kashmir, india news Sartaj Aziz claimed that India is “heating up the situation” on the Line of Control to deflect attention from its “atrocities” in Kashmir. (Source: AP Photo/File)

Pakistan is ready for a dialogue with India on the condition that Kashmir dispute is part of it, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Parliament on Friday, ahead of his visit to Amritsar for a conference on Afghanistan. Speaking in the National Assembly during a debate on the LoC situation, Aziz said Pakistan is fully capable to defend its border and will not accept any “Indian influence or hegemony” under any circumstances. “We are ready for dialogue with India on the condition that Kashmir dispute is also included in it,” he said. Aziz, will be travelling to Amritsar next week to attend the Heart of Asia Conference.

On the diplomatic front, Aziz said Pakistan is forcefully raising the Kashmir dispute at all international forums. “Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiris right to self-determination which is totally indigenous and led by the Kashmiri youth,” he said. “We would continue extending political, diplomatic and moral support to them (Kashmiris) on international and bilateral forums,” he said.

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Aziz asserted that Pakistan will give a befitting response to any Indian “aggression”. He claimed that India is “heating up the situation” on the Line of Control to deflect attention from its “atrocities” in Kashmir. Aziz said Pakistan has written letters to the Foreign Ministers of P-5 countries to apprise them about alleged Indian “aggression” on the civilians.

He claimed Pakistan has never targeted civilians but the Indian side is “deliberately” targeting them. Aziz said Pakistan, however, will continue to pursue the policy of peaceful neighbourhood. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, in his remarks, said Pakistan’s armed forces are fully prepared to defend the country.

Khawaja claimed that several “movements for independence” were going on in India and it cannot afford the “success of Kashmir freedom movement” as it will be the end of that country. “If the Kashmir movement reaches its logical conclusion, the other movements there will also achieve success. This will be the undoing of Indian state,” he said. Asif also alleged that India was supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

“We have unambiguous evidence about Indian interference in our territory and dossiers in this regard have been presented before the world community,” he said. Several other lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches took part in the debate. They criticised India for what they called “blatant violation of human rights in Kashmir and violation of ceasefire on the LoC.” The opposition also criticised the Pakistan government for allegedly failing to respond in kind to Indian firing across the LoC and failure to highlight the Kashmir issue on international fora.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    India should just ignore this and let him come attend Amritsar event and go back. Indian media (including paid medias) should not give him any platform . If they still wish to cover him then let thatnews be of page 7,8,9 news. There is absolute no need even to acknowledge him in view of what his country has done to the body of our brave soldier. First let him talk and give us his accountability on this ! Media please ignore this in protest of this barbaric coward act !
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      Abhinav Gour
      Nov 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm
      India should just ignore this and let him come attend Amritsar event and go back. Indian media (including paid medias) should not give him any platform . If they still wish to cover him then let thatnews be of page 7,8,9 news. There is absolute no need even to acknowledge him in view of what his country has done to the body of our brave soldier. First let him talk and give us his accountability on this ! Media please ignore this in protest of this barbaric coward act !
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        prakash gotimukul
        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm
        Beggars cannot be choosers. Hope Sartaj remembers the proverb from his school days??
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          Ikok
          Nov 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm
          If you see the map of India it very closely resembels a dic k of a buffalo.😂
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            Guest
            Nov 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm
            With whom?
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              Kuldeep Nayyar
              Nov 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm
              Go back and improve living conditions of POK residents to level of our Kashmir residents .
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                MyTake
                Nov 26, 2016 at 7:53 am
                Ok let's discuss Kashmir and not just part of it!lt;br/gt;1) stan rings back part given rob china.lt;br/gt;2) stan rectifies the violation itvhas done by allowing the CPEC to p through Kashmir.lt;br/gt;3) Gobbacj to the position at which point India stan went to UNlt;br/gt;4) stan withdraws the troops and Indian troops remain.lt;br/gt;5) then talk about all the nexts steps you want to discuss!lt;br/gt;Hope stan is ready to discuss.
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                  MyTake
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 7:47 am
                  Talk to yourself!
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