Without Kashmir No Talks With India: Pakistan

KL Desk

SRINAGAR

Pakistan Tuesday said that it shall not start any sort of talks with India if Kashmir Dispute does not figure in the talks.

“Pakistan will not start talks with India without Kashmir,” Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister, Sartaj Aziz said during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Aziz said that the cancellation of last year’s scheduled talks over meeting with Kashmiri leaders shows that India was not interested to talk on the issue.

Aziz claimed that India was involved in unprovoked firing across the border.

US Secretary of State John Kerry advised the two neighbors to resume peace talks.

Kerry said US would continue to encourage the two sides to move forward and hold dialogue to resolve the issue.

He also voiced concern over the border tension between the two neighbours.

“We continue to be deeply concerned by the recent spate of increased violence along the working boundary and the Line of Control,” Kerry said.

“It is profoundly in the interests of Pakistan and India to move this relationship forward,” he added.

India called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan in August last year after Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatists.

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