Pak ignores India’s condition, invites FS for talks on Kashmir
Upping the ante, it called for an immediate end to “human rights violations in Kashmir” and sought permission for Pakistani doctors and paramedics to travel to the state. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said its Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had given a reply to Jaishankar’s proposal for talks on cross-border terror. The reply was handed over to Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambwale by Chaudhry in Islamabad.
The spokesperson said the letter invites the Indian Foreign Secretary to visit “Islamabad by the end of this month 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 the state.
Pakistan has also called for “putting an immediate end to the human rights violations against the innocent people” of Jammu and Kashmir and for providing medical facilities to the injured, “including the permission for doctors and paramedics to travel.”
Earlier, Pakistan had on Monday invited India for talks on Kashmir, saying it is the “international obligation” of both the countries to resolve the issue.
However, India on Wednesday rejected Pakistan’s proposal to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks on Kashmir and insisted that discussions should be held on “aspects related to cross- border terrorism which are central to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Jaishankar, while expressing willingness to travel to Islamabad to discuss cross-border terorism, had maintained that Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the situation in J&K, which is an internal matter of India, except to put an end to cross-border terrorism and infiltration.
On Thursday, India set certain conditions for talks, asserting that discussions should focus on cessation of terrorist activities in J&K and ending incitement to violence and terror in the Valley.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said yesterday that Jaishankar had conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that he accepts his invitation to visit Islamabad but made it clear the
discussions should focus first on the pressing aspects of the J&K situation flagged by him.