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Pakistan: No India Talks Without Kashmir on Agenda

Map showing India and Pakistan controlled Kashmir and the Line of Control
Map showing India and Pakistan controlled Kashmir and the Line of Control
Ayaz Gul

Pakistan says peace talks with India cannot take place without addressing the long-running dispute over Kashmir, calling alleged Indian attempts to sideline the issue “unrealistic."

Tensions in the region have been rising since last week when New Delhi abruptly called off the long-awaited meeting with Islamabad as military clashes along the Himalayan region's so-called Line of Control continued.

Recent heavy military clashes in the are have killed civilians on both sides. According to officials, top Pakistani and Indian army commanders mutually agreed to defuse tensions during a call on their telephone "hotline" Tuesday.

Each side has accused the other of starting the conflict in violation of Kashmir's decade-long cease-fire accord, which has largely held.

Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries were scheduled to meet this week in Islamabad, but New Delhi canceled after Pakistan's ambassador to India met with separatist leaders from Indian-controlled Kashmir. Some officials say the move has been perceived as a signal of the hardening of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance on disputes with Pakistan.

Pakistani national security advisor Sartaj Aziz said Tuesday that Islamabad offered talks to New Delhi in “good faith," but he says holding a dialogue without addressing the Kashmir issue is unacceptable to Pakistan.

“If they make conditions [that] are unrealistic, then of course it will require more time and more effort [to hold dialogue]," he said. "All we are doing is appealing to the international community that dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary for peace in the region, and therefore they should take notice and share our disappointment that these talks have been suspended on very flimsy grounds.”

Aziz says Pakistani officials have met with leaders from the Indian portion of Kashmir in the past and New Delhi has not objected until now.  

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have made significant progress in improving bilateral trade, economic and cultural ties in recent years.

Aziz says Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has shown a determination to maintain the momentum to achieve his primary goal of stabilizing Pakistan economically.

Sharif accepted an invitation to attend Modi's inauguration, the first Pakistani leader to do so.

Bilateral diplomatic contacts have remained suspended since January 2013 when Indian officials accused Pakistani troops of crossing the Kashmir border and killing five of their soldiers, charges Islamabad rejected as baseless.

India and Pakistan have fought two of three wars over the disputed Himalayan region since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947. Kashmir remains a primary source of bilateral tensions and India accuses Pakistan of training and arming Muslim insurgents fighting Indian rule.

Islamabad denies the charges, saying it only offers moral and diplomatic support to what it describes as “freedom fighters."

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by: saqib
August 28, 2014 1:55 PM
we are Kashmiri want freedom from India, India should accept Kashmir is dispute. India is walk to the Israel tactics on Kashmir like Israel on Palestine. if India not resolve Kashmir dispute within time it will serious result on India

by: Johnson
August 28, 2014 2:04 AM
Before talk you should think who is the loser? Definitely Pakistan. If India didn't participate you should talk about Kashmir within your Pakistan. No one in world will hear you.

by: saqib from: srinagar
August 27, 2014 1:58 PM
India and Pakistan can trade peace fully it is not possible until Kashmir is resolved. it is graphically differ from India. it will resolve in up coming mind itttttttt

by: philipine234 from: India
August 27, 2014 1:13 PM
It has been observed repeatedly that Islamists cares only for one language - hit them and they shall keep low. Same can be observed in Myanmar, China and USSR models. Even in US, EU, these brutes are silent (relatively) because of retributions and blowback attacks. Even after such iron hand dealings, these Islamists are becoming from bad to worse as seen in current Iraq-Syria theatre. Hence the need of the hour is to confront these jihadi monsters in concerted manner.

by: philipine234 from: India
August 27, 2014 12:35 AM
The only discussion is, "When PK is being returned back to India"? There can't be any more discussion. Entire State of Jammu and Kashmir was accessed to India by its erstwhile ruler Maharaja Hari Singhji. His son Crown Prince Karan Singhji has further testified to it. It seems that force, aggression, violence is taking over any sane civil dialogue. This appears to be a case regarding Islamic expansionist ideology.

by: Swapnil from: India
August 27, 2014 12:26 AM
This stand of pakistan explains why they keep arming terrorists and keep attacking Indian border posts consistently. sort of blackmail and threatening typical of all terrorists groups like ISIS. not very ironical since ISIS and ISI sound so similar. not only in name but also in actions.

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