Two days after Pakistan welcomed India for chats on Kashmir, India on Wednesday turned down it’s proposition for outside secretary-level talks, saying dread remains the center concern however affirmed that it might want to examine angles identified with cross-fringe terrorism which are integral to the present circumstance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Outside Secretary S Jaishankar communicated his eagerness to go to Islamabad subsequent to getting welcome from Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. He, in any case, kept up that Pakistan has no locus standi in tending to any part of the circumstance in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an inside matter of India, but to put a conclusion to cross-outskirt terrorism and penetration.
“Since angles identified with cross-fringe terrorism are integral to the present circumstance in J&K, we have suggested that exchanges between the Foreign Secretaries be centered around them.
In an announcement, Pakistan’s Foreign Office representative Nafees Zakaraia had said that “it is the ‘global commitment’ of both the nations to determine the issue, despite India’s request that it would chat on “contemporary and important” issues in Indo-Pak relations.
“The Foreign Secretary brought in the Indian High Commissioner this evening (15 August 2016) and gave over a letter tended to his Indian partner, welcoming him to visit Pakistan for chats on Jammu and Kashmir debate that has been the principle bone of dispute amongst India and Pakistan,” Zakaria had said.
The improvement comes in the midst of strained two-sided ties between the two nations over the Kashmir issue. The announcement said, “The letter highlights the universal commitment of both the nations, India and Pakistan, to determine the Jammu and Kashmir question, as per the UN Security Council resolutions.”
Pakistan’s welcome came days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Parliament that India was just ready to examine the Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir issue and that the subject of talking about Jammu and Kashmir with Islamabad doesn’t emerge.
India, on its part, has made it adequately clear to Pakistan that it will just examine “contemporary and pertinent” issues in India-Pakistan relations.
In the interim, the United States of America has asked for more prominent correspondence and counter-terrorism collaboration between the two nations. “We have said that multiple occassions,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday.