In response to Pakistan’s invitation for talks on Kashmir dispute, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today said that he will only discuss the cross-border terrorism issue with Islamabad. Jaishankar made the comments to clarify that his discussion with the Pakistani counterpart will not include on-going Kashmir unrest. Responding to an earlier demand made by India, Pakistan had on Friday invited Indian Foreign Secretary to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart by the end of this month in Islamabad.
A reply letter to Jaishankar was handed over to Indian High Commissioner by Pakistani Foreign Secretary on August 19th. The letter invited the Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Islamabad to discuss the Jammu & Kashmir dispute, ‘with a view to finding a fair and just solution, as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir’, according to a Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement. Responding to the letter, Jaishankar refused the demand for a Kashmir-centric dialogue and instead sought to visit Pakistan to discuss terror and the issue of Islamabad vacating Pakitan Occupied Kashmir.
Investigation agencies have suspected a Pakistani hand in fuelling the ongoing Kashmir unrest. It was reported that National Investigative Agency(NIA) was probing a number of bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir for possible funding of terrorist activities and unrest in the valley. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also accused Pakistan of fuelling tensions in the valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani