Talk only on terror, not Kashmir: India’s message to Pakistan

By: | Published: August 18, 2016 4:30 PM

Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said no official decision over the level of India's participation in SAARC Finance ministers meet in Islamabad has yet been taken.

Saudi arabian crisis, saudi rabia india, indians in saudi arabiaSwarup said that India will not discuss about Kashmir with Pakistan as the latter has no locus standi on Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI)

Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said that India will not discuss about Kashmir with Pakistan as the latter has no locus standi on Jammu and Kashmir. India once again reiterated its tough stand against Pakistan, saying both countries can talk only on terror, not on Kashmir. Swarup said that no official decision over the level of India’s participation in SAARC Finance ministers meet in Islamabad has yet been taken.

Earlier, Pakistan had proposed new talks with the Indian government. Welcoming the proposal, however, India put some conditions for talks. India responded: “India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism, infiltration of terrorists like Bahadur Ali, incitement to violence and terrorism across the border, parading of internationally recognized terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin and sincere follow up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation in Pakistan.”

Today, Swarup said that the ball is now in Pakistan’s court. “They made an offer, we responded to it. Now up to them to reply,” he said. Addressing reporters during a press conference today, Swarup said that there is a message in Pakistan not allowing UN human rights team to visit PoK. “…MEA will do whatever it has to do, after all people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are also our people.” Responding to Pakistan’s claim that India has crossed the red line, Swarup said, “Pakistan recognises no redline in conduct  of its own diplomacy.

A few days ago Pakistan had given a proposal for sending supplies to Jammu and Kashmir, something that was termed by India as absurd.

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