India’s denial to hold talks with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir recorded reactions from both sides. Reacting to the same Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Saturday said they do feel the need to hold talks over Kashmir , however, their invitation didn’t move forward with the Indian counterpart. In a conversation with ANI, Basit said,”You all know that we took a step towards having dialogue but that didn’t work out. We did send an invite to India but that did not move forward. We do feel talks on Kashmir is needed.”
Talking about Dawood Ibrahim’s hideout in Pakistan and the alleged support that the latter is giving, Basit while dismissing the claim said, “ye baat puraani ho gayi hai (This is an old issue)”
Pakistan had written to India on August 15, calling for a dialogue on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and humanitarian issues related to the violence there. To which, India responded by rejecting the offer.