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Kashmir cannot be precondition for Indo-Pak talks: British foreign secretary

Updated Mar 08, 2016 08:00pm


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Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, right, invites British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond for a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. ─ AP
Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, right, invites British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond for a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. ─ AP

ISLAMABAD: Visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Tuesday said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir should not be a pre-condition for resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue and urged both countries not to provide space to non-state actors, militants and terrorists to derail the talks process.

Hammond arrived in Islamabad early Tuesday morning on a two-day official visit, and held a meeting with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the foreign ministry.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz. ─ Reuters Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz. ─ Reuters

The British foreign secretary also met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif later in the day. His itinerary also includes a visit to Lahore where he will meet the chief minister and the Punjab governor separately.

Addressing a joint news conference with Aziz after talks at the foreign ministry, Hammond said an India-Pakistan dialogue is essential for long-term economic development, peace and security in the region.

"I must appreciate the beginning of investigation by Pakistan into the Pathankot attack," Hammond remarked.

The British foreign secretary paid salute to the Pakistani nation for its resilience and resolve against terrorism, and said days ahead for Pakistan would be safer and stable.

During the talks, both sides reviewed the security situation in Afghanistan, including the reconciliation process.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. ─ Reuters Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. ─ Reuters

"Terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan is a mutual problem which needs to be tackled jointly," Hammond said.

He said there is a trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which could only be overcome when both Islamabad and Kabul take steps to tighten space for militants.

Sartaj Aziz said progress on various aspects of cooperation – political, trade and investment, education, health, and defense – was reviewed.

"Under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue we have five strands of cooperation: trade and business relations, financial and development cooperation, education and health, consultations on defence and security, and cultural cooperation. In 2014 we prepared roadmaps and targets for each strand of cooperation to provide guidance to the concerned ministries and organisations for implementation," said Aziz

Aziz has been invited to London to discuss the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue in two weeks.

Additional reporting by Irfan Haider


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Naveed Mar 08, 2016 03:15pm

There should be no talk before kashmir is resolved. its been 70 years and still no progress. first kashmir then something else

Mare Mar 08, 2016 03:19pm

Philip Hammond has no right to interfere.

zahra Mar 08, 2016 03:28pm

@Naveed No food no electricity no jobs, and kashmir? C'mon cant we do both? Focus on ourselves as well? Look at india, and look at where they are now. We are no where close since the 1990s.

AHA Mar 08, 2016 03:28pm

Sooner the better Pakistan realize this matter and starts moving in progressive path.

Umer Salahuddin Mar 08, 2016 03:34pm

This mess is created by British government

Samir Mar 08, 2016 03:38pm

Kashmir is the first issue yet the British saying this are on India's side.

Harmony-1© Mar 08, 2016 03:41pm

@zahra - You mean India should continue committing atrocities on Kashmiri people and world should remain silent???

rapipur Mar 08, 2016 03:50pm

the whole problem was created by Britain when they decided to come to our land 100s of years back, occupy it and destroy it in the process.. which led to separation of brothers into what is now Pakistan, India & Bangladesh Now they come and tell us what we should do..

Rashid Sultan Mar 08, 2016 04:00pm

@Mare \he has every right to express his and his government's opinion. We live in a global world. Countries are mere lines on a map.

Peace Mar 08, 2016 04:00pm

Like it or not, it is purely choice for Pakistan. Keep talking on Kashmir or also start giving preference to other business matters with India. I am sure Pakistan will take decision in their interest only

nabil Mar 08, 2016 04:01pm

Hammond actually saying Pak- India should continue talking for next 70 years...for benefit of UK.

atif Mar 08, 2016 04:05pm

@rapipur , well its been too long agreed ! we need to move forward agreed! .. its still there as an important issue, we need to resolve it as brothers and like you said , it was the Brits that did this to us.. together we would have been a super power long ago!!.. borders were drawn for good or bad ( we should look forward) , we can still get together as brothers of same homeland and not let anyone interfere.

Sachin Mar 08, 2016 04:07pm

Very correct statement about Kashmir..

Rashid Sultan Mar 08, 2016 04:08pm

@rapipur Usual rant -blame the British for all the wrongs we did and are still doing. Britain doesn't owe us or India anything. It is our responsibility to look after ourselves first.

PrakashG Mar 08, 2016 04:10pm

If Pakistan can get its act together it will have an economy bigger than Britain in next 20 years. Then it can advise the British how to solve the Ireland problem.

RAJA CHILL Mar 08, 2016 04:11pm

Philip is giving a practical and workable approach. Kashmir is the issue on which neither India nor Pakistan would inch back. This is why seven decades could not result in any progress. Better move on with others things first ..

immo Mar 08, 2016 04:14pm

Stop telling us what needs to be done if your majesty had done justice while doing partition we wouldnt even have Kashmir issue and 2 wars that we fought.

Dinesh Mar 08, 2016 04:16pm

Kashmiris are our brothers and we are incomplete without them. India will continue to make Dams, Engineering colleges, Hospitals and Clinical Labs ...Railway tracks there, despite some opposing voices. Kashmir tourism is one of the top most sectors in Indian Travel map & our Muslim brothers there keep good care of us in their hotels and Shikaras.

Changez_Khan Mar 08, 2016 04:16pm

These British people on purpose created this Kashmir problem for both countries so they would fight each other forever and now they say Kashmir should not be the precondition for talks?

M. asghar Mar 08, 2016 04:17pm

The UK foreign Secretary is playing only for the UK's interests, but Pakistan has also plat carefully for its own interests, where the solution of the Kashmir has vital importance.

Abdul Mar 08, 2016 04:19pm

Well said, hope Pakistan understands. Not far, when UN says same.

Ali Ahmed Bandesha Mar 08, 2016 04:21pm

Not acceptable anything without Kashmir .

My 2 cents Mar 08, 2016 04:23pm

@Naveed that means even after 70 years we'll be having same argument..... Ground realities have changed so should we....for the sake of peace and prosperity of 1.5b people

BRILLIANT LOGIC Mar 08, 2016 04:23pm

What a diplomatic way!

Khwarezmi Mar 08, 2016 04:23pm

To be very frank: I as a Pakistani see Kashmir as the only REAL and the MOST important issue between Pakistan and India. Kashmiris are our brothers, our Pakistani brothers, who are a integral part of the Pakistani nation.

MA Mar 08, 2016 04:24pm

@zahra but remember they are not compromising on an inch of land, but why would you want to show yourself week. Food, electricity got nothing to do with self respect, that is part of gov job

z Mar 08, 2016 04:31pm

WE decide what preconditions are for OUR matters, sir.

NPS Mar 08, 2016 04:31pm

Somebody, who named the cause of instability in India Pak relations. The solution lies in forward thinking , not in backward thinking. Look at other region of the world. For Example EU. The old foes are now working in interest of their people. There is no borders between EU members. I believe, this could be the best formula and example to unite our both people and south Asia together with its huge population. Prosperity combined with development would do lot of good to the whole region. This is my wish and my prayer!

Arif119 Mar 08, 2016 04:31pm

Why is it ok for India to put pre-conditions but not for Pak. Double standards shown by Brit secretary. As usual.

sbk Mar 08, 2016 04:35pm

@Khwarezmi , Indians are also our brothers. Yes; The people of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh are related and brothers only.

Rohit Singh Mar 08, 2016 04:37pm

After every attack on isian soil..i used to wonder during partition why not these issues were taken care of...definitely British is responsible for this chaos and they did so to keep this region in turmoil

sbk Mar 08, 2016 04:38pm

@rapipur , How can we forget that it is due to the British that this part of the world has developed this much. We really owe to them.

DKM Mar 08, 2016 04:39pm

I see Kashmir as a problem with only one solution.......... Be happy with what ever part you have and move on...... India has the upper hand and is very happy with status quo and concentrate on its development..........

Nadeem Mar 08, 2016 04:42pm

What the talks are for, then? Let us do some better work instead of wasting time in useless talks.

Western allies of India should rest assured nothing will come out of talks if we do not resolve Kashmir first. Keep trying for another 70 years if you find it worth it.

Last Word Mar 08, 2016 04:47pm

The British Foreign Secretary is spot on as Kashmir problem cannot be solved easily due to rigid stand by both sides of not parting with an inch of their respective territory. Whereas terrorism is world wide problem since half of the world is fighting it in one form or another. Both India and Pakistan are presently fighting terrorism separately which needs to be done jointly as this problem remains the biggest hurdle in normalising relations between the two countries.

Divergence Mar 08, 2016 04:48pm

Don't these advisers realize that the future's of Pakistan and million of people including the people of Kashmir is in great jeopardy if the issue of Kashmir is left unresolved? That's like taking clear side of India.

Shahid Malik Mar 08, 2016 04:49pm

Along with other issues we must talk about Kashmir as well. Without Kashmir talk on other issues will be meaningless

Gilgit Baltistan Mar 08, 2016 04:52pm

Dear Fellows for those who are saying ""No food no electricity no jobs, and kashmir? C'mon cant we do both? Focus on ourselves as well? Look at india, and look at where they are now. We are no where close since the 1990s"" .. Our Stand On Kashmir is not Responsible for All Issue of PAKISTAN not even 1%. only We People of Pakistan ,Our Corupt Politicians, Law , Government Institutions and Our Polices are responsible for where we are standing and Our neighbor India gone very far in every mode of Development. KASHMIR FIRST

A Shah Mar 08, 2016 04:56pm

Very good statement. Kashmir is not going to get solved so discuss other things.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Mar 08, 2016 04:56pm

Hammond is nobody to prescribe solutions related to Kashmir. He is irrelevant and so must he be be told in frank, clear terms.

Surya Kant Mar 08, 2016 04:58pm

"Countries are no more than lines on the map"... Osho said exactly like this , boundary less Earth where one could go any where without a need for a Visa or a Passport....

james Mar 08, 2016 05:00pm

@RAJA CHILL no matter what we will do in future there can never b peace if this is not resolved. Think about it I take something from you I think is mine would u want to business with me and if some how you do would you forget unless you r convinced?

Divergence Mar 08, 2016 05:06pm

Take it easy Pakistanis, he is just issuing a formal statement, Kashmir will get resolved, in one way or another. Don't take his statement seriously.

aslam shaikh Mar 08, 2016 05:06pm

Kashmir plebiscite should be done, Pakistan should take a stand. Newly relocated non-Kashmiris and armed forces personnel stationed there should not be allowed to vote.

aslam shaikh Mar 08, 2016 05:06pm

Kashmir plebiscite should be done, Pakistan should take a stand. Newly relocated non-Kashmiris and armed forces personnel stationed there should not be allowed to vote

shahid Mar 08, 2016 05:13pm

This is the problem for our corrupt leadership in power. They take dictation from foreign powers.

K Mar 08, 2016 05:16pm

Amazing how a country far far away from Pakistan can send a foreign secretary to Pakistan and dictate what to do and what not to do...and Pakistanis are so lame not to have the courage to tell shut it.

Rahul Mar 08, 2016 05:17pm

@rapipur so if British created the problem so why r we not able to solve it, since they left I the last century ?

A.JABBAR KERALA Mar 08, 2016 05:20pm

@zahra .... Also I feel only way out for Pakistan is good relation with India. With China all agreement on trade or development all give China only benefit. But if any trade agreement with India both countries will have the benefit. Because we part of one country and Pakistan don't have to make anything different to export to India. Our culture, food, equipment, dress, entertainment, religion all are one.

Think Pakistan think. As a Indian Muslim I feel the more delay in making peace with India the Indian state will go on more in the grip of RSS/Sang Parivar and it is bad for Pakistan and Indian Muslim.

Raja Farhat Abbas Mar 08, 2016 05:21pm

@Sachin Yes of course you Indian would love it if Kashmir is put aside, and that will never happen, when Kashmir is free from India only then the problem with you lot will cool down.

Kailash Singh Mar 08, 2016 05:23pm

Foreign Secretary Britain is right. There are many other important issues to be discussed for the progress and peace in the region.

Kp Mar 08, 2016 05:28pm

@Gilgit Baltistan Are you sure you can run a country after independence from India and Pakistan ? Just think.

SK Mar 08, 2016 05:31pm

It is clear the world community is on the Indian side!

stranger Mar 08, 2016 05:35pm

@zahra It is very simple. We, as a nation, are divided. We have no nationalism in us. We give up national interest without thinking twice. This is the reason for our problems, not Kashmir.

AHA Mar 08, 2016 05:38pm

@KHWAREZMI - Excuse me. all the struggle of Kashmiris is to have our own homeland not to be part of any country including Pakistan

Shahid Mar 08, 2016 05:40pm

Our foriegn office don't know what they themselves say and what they let others say while on tours here. They should avoid such joint statements by foreign ministers of other countries where they put Afghanistan and Pakistan in the same box and give a wrong picture to the outer business world. They should know that, where as Afghanistan is a totally disintegrated country, Pakistan is a civilized and powerful country which has ability to deal with terrorists on its own. And then they should not be telling us that Kashmir should not be a pre-condition. Kashmir is the issue Mr. Philip, we don't have any other issues with India.

Sr Mar 08, 2016 05:43pm

Pakistan has to realise diplomacy works differently nowadays.

Gurjeet singh Mar 08, 2016 05:45pm

India is not under British so, to follow British Foreign Secretary..

RAJA CHILL Mar 08, 2016 05:45pm

@ JAMES "Think about it I take something from you I think is mine would u want to business with me " You are right but you see only from Pakistan side, India is also saying the same that you have taken something from me. That is why disputes of these types rarely get solved except with war or aggression. So status quo is best way forward. See how many places China is claiming the land / countries / islands and no disputes are cleared yet. Even in some cases when US interest are conflicting both countries are still doing business and running the lives and not putting a stop button till conflicts are solved.

Mutahhir Mar 08, 2016 05:46pm

How ironic from the British foreign secretary, as they were the ones who were the cause of the Kashmir issue, in the first place! There is no doubt that without the resolution of Kashmir dispute, there can be no real peace between India and Pakistan. The truth is that our foreign policy, if there is any, has failed us on many occasions. Why don't we play on the front foot and tell the world that it is India who is harbouring terrorism inside Pakistan from their own soil and from Afghanistan as well. But how can this inept govt. do this when they don't have a competent person to be appointed a proper foreign minister!

Divergence Mar 08, 2016 05:50pm

@SK but the problem is, the world is not living under the oppression of Indians, it is Kashmiri people who are suffering for more than 60 years.

Mutahhir Mar 08, 2016 05:51pm

@Rohit Singh

I'm glad to see a sane voice from India!

Arslan Mar 08, 2016 06:03pm

Indians will favour this but when it comes to anyone telling Indians what they should or shouldn't do, they will kick off.

Anser Mar 08, 2016 06:13pm

Keep Kashmir unresolved and keep buying arms from the masters. This is true for India and Pakistan both. In India three times the Pakistani population lives on less than 2 dollars a day.

Truth Mar 08, 2016 06:13pm

@zahra..... Spot on. There are more important, much more important issues for both countries internally. Kashmir may be an unfinished agenda but Kashmir issue will not resolve our pressing issues of health, education and trade. Both nations must resolve the immediate effect of terror, then move onto trade and relations. This can be done within a few months of positive steps.

Budout Mar 08, 2016 06:19pm

Very irresponsible statement,

Freedom Mar 08, 2016 06:21pm

@zahra - Freedom is price less!

Rajeev Velagapudi Mar 08, 2016 06:23pm

@Anser "In India three times the Pakistani population lives on less than 2 dollars a day"

My Friend please understand, the population of India is six times higher than Pakistan.

Alla Bux Mar 08, 2016 06:24pm

Good advice. Hope our government is brave enough to follow it.

Messanger Mar 08, 2016 06:29pm

Rightly said, look at India, where it is and where we are!

Srinivasulu Mekala Mar 08, 2016 06:30pm

@Mare "Philip Hammond has no right to interfere ". Of course, he has every right, because the problem was originally created by his country.

vijai Mar 08, 2016 06:33pm

@Umer Salahuddin now they have offered a solution. Move on.

Arslan Mar 08, 2016 06:36pm

Perhaps the Secretary needs to be reminded of the UN resolutions on Kashmir.

khopdee Mar 08, 2016 06:51pm

Well said Phillip. World community agrees with you.

Jai Mar 08, 2016 07:04pm

@Arslan .... "Perhaps the Secretary needs to be reminded of the UN resolutions on Kashmir."

Perhaps you need to read the resolution first.

Harmony-1© Mar 08, 2016 07:13pm

@Kp - If small nations like Bhutan, Burma and many more can "run a country" then why not Kashmiris. What is there to "think" about?

Desi Dimag Mar 08, 2016 07:18pm

Very wise person, who knows the truth.

Reality Mar 08, 2016 07:29pm

Its really apparent

Harisingh Mar 08, 2016 07:30pm

@Rashid Sultan,

Thank you for always being a voice of reason. Hats off to your rational and balanced view of problems.

I hope there are more well educated and balanced folks like you in both the countries. That is the key to long term peace and stable economic progress.

Ghaznavi Mar 08, 2016 07:33pm

I agree with the secretary. Pakistan and India should not be discussing Kashmir as the only party that matters in this dispute are the Kashmiris. Indian and Pakistani positions on Kashmir are driven by their never ending appetite for land grab.

Dv Mar 08, 2016 07:54pm

It was the British policy of Divide and Ruin that the two twin brothers have been fighting each other since birth.

Salman Mar 08, 2016 08:11pm

How can he have the audacity to say something like this when it was britian that created this mess in the first place. Instead, play your role for resolution of Kashmir issue so that other petty matters are resolved too

Subbu Chandra Mar 08, 2016 08:21pm

@Mutahhir I am an Indian living in Canada. What the Honorable Secretary meant was that the talks can start about lesser issues , before we proceed to "the Issue" , which happens to be Kashmir. It is like a Math exam. You first solve all the problems you are confident and then attempt the difficult ones. If you are stuck with a difficult problem, chances are that no problem would get solved, right? Why criticize somebody? we are like minded, similar looking and genetically the same people and yet we have not been able to see eye to eye? A mere cricket match flares up our emotions. Why blame the Brits??? Let us view issues in an objective manner and create a positive environment.

Mumbai indian Mar 08, 2016 08:22pm

Let's accept one thing - Global community will nor force any decision on Kashmir. If anything India's position has grown in strength since independence.

Neither India nor Pakistan will let go of an inch of Kashmir within their control. Now we can spend another 70 years buying arms, hurling accusations and denying out self the potential of joint economic development. OR we can accept status quo and work for better socioeconomic conditions in the two countries. Must remember this is what we are giving to out future generations.

Tarannum S Mar 08, 2016 08:24pm

@Dv If we had the political will, we would have united back giving a big thumbs down to the British's divide and rule policy. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh together would have been a super power by now.

Divergence Mar 08, 2016 08:26pm

@Harmony-1© because it is water which both India and Pakistan are dependent upon, one has chosen the path of illegally occupying something which is never theirs from the start, that is what it is about.

Prakash Puthalath Mar 08, 2016 08:30pm

Good, sensible statement by the UK official. Hope India and Pakistan carry forward their talks

ayub Mar 08, 2016 08:35pm

Kashmir is main bone of contention between the two neighboring countries. If Kashmir is removed sidelined then no issue shall remain between them. However, this will require big heart and big sacrifice.

P Setra Mar 08, 2016 08:38pm

@Naveed I am one hundred percent with you. It was British who left it unresolved and wish it to continue.

M.Saeed Mar 08, 2016 08:40pm

Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the partition. It is well known to the British that, Mountbatten had backdated the letter of allegiance of Kashmir to India signed by the Maharajah of Kashmir in connivance with Pundit Nehru.

Ahsan Gul Mar 08, 2016 08:42pm

Pakistan must realize now that Great Britain divides countries. This is their motto, "divide and rule". Financially GB is not what it used to be. Pakistan should keep good interaction with GB but never trust.

Prakash Puthalath Mar 08, 2016 08:43pm

Dear Pakistani friends, please read the writing on the wall. The whole world has the same opinion as of UK foreign secretary.

M.Saeed Mar 08, 2016 08:45pm

Even, Pathankot cannot be a precondition. The only precondition could be a resolve to solve all issues making the life miserable for people on both sides.

asif Mar 08, 2016 09:10pm

Wellcome Mr.Phillip in Pakistan. The resumption of dialogue is the only solution. May you would like to recall that between India & Pakistan the core issue is only "Kashmir" once it is settled you will see that SWEETS are being exchanged at the border. We'been togather for years & years.Foregoing in view, how Kaahmir is kept aside from the agenda. It will be a disappointing for the people of India and Pakistan. Please make the dialogue constructive, meaningful & decisive otherwise

Abdulla Hussain Mar 08, 2016 09:18pm

Kashmir is the epicentre that was responsible for three large scale wars between India & Pakistan and yet the British FS says that it should not be a pre-condition for talks. What else is there to talk. Any solution with divided or one sided opinion will mean nothing.

Simple Mar 08, 2016 09:19pm

with out Kashmir talks will be a house of cards

genesis Mar 08, 2016 09:21pm

@zahra You are right.Think how many millions have been wasted for a few at the cost of the many and at the end of the day what is the result.Zero.Both nations should ignore Kashmir for now and focus on the rest of the citizens who are in dire need of these millions which is wasted.

GAWAL MANDI YA Mar 08, 2016 09:29pm

A representative of a country that has ruled over 60% of countries has come to teach us about working together.Brilliant.

A Pakistani Mar 08, 2016 09:59pm

Mr. Hammond's words makes sense. It is a British legacy deliberately foisted on the region but now overtaken by more important imperatives. Hence his efforts to "hush-up" the past misdeed.

Lucky Star Mar 08, 2016 10:08pm

Why not Kashmir should be pre-condition for the talk? Both Brutush and American do not want peace in South Asia. In the absence of peace who will buy their weapons.

N_Saq Mar 08, 2016 10:13pm

He is right. Just because Pak normalize ties with India does not mean that she has to give up its claim on Kashmir. There is a big trust deficit between the two countries that needs to be addressed first before we talk Kashmir.

Both countries are holding each other back by constant bickering. Isn't it obvious that 70 years of bickering has not resulted in any good for both countries? Isn't it time to try something else? I think it is time to grow up, the only way the two countries can move forward is to put Kashmir on the back burner and normalize ties. There are unlimited opportunities and countless benefits between the countries that are held hostage to this old time policy.

There is no point in dwelling in the past (as there is nothing there but pain and suffering), when there is a beautiful and bright future that lies ahead. For the sake of the future generations, it is time to bury the hatchet, it is time to move forward.

Lucky Star Mar 08, 2016 10:17pm

@Sachin Correct because it goes in favor of India while continues subjugating Kashmiries against their will. What Pakistan and Kashmiries are asking a plebscite in Kashmir under UN supervision. Is that too much for Indis and Britten when the latter conducted referendum in Scotland? Kashmiri

AW Mar 08, 2016 10:42pm

let go of Kashmir issue. It is foolish to hold the future of over one billion people hostage to a piece of land

pk Mar 09, 2016 12:37am

@Anser There will be poor people earning less in every nations of the world.

pk Mar 09, 2016 12:40am

@M.Saeed Any solid evidence to prove your point.

AK Mar 09, 2016 01:57am

No one is thinking about Kashmiri Pandits. Nearly 3 lakh of them were displaced due to terrorism. They have become refugees in their own home land. Successive governments have failed in rehabilitation. They are living in camps in Delhi and Jammy under pathetic conditions for last 3 decades.

Abhishek Mar 09, 2016 01:58am

@asif what about non state actors? They will continue to derail relationship between two countries

INDIAN LOVE Mar 09, 2016 03:51am

Kashmir Kashmir Kashmir ... When he come to India they talk about investment . British superpower status gone decades before . Since the beginning on 21st century they are running for India & China for their economy survival and growth .

INDIAN LOVE Mar 09, 2016 03:56am

Pakistan give too much respect to British views whereas India gives respect to British foreign direct investment in India , previous years PM clinched billions of FDI from UK for smart cities , digital India etc projects.

P Setra Mar 09, 2016 03:59am

@Harmony-1© That is media hype,things are way better than portrayed.

Saulat Haider Mar 09, 2016 05:17am

With precondition we cannot move forward. We must start dialogues on mutual agreed issue like elimination of terrorism and growth of trade and then come to difficult issues. After 70 years where we are standing with this condition? Kashmir issue must be solved but both countries should not ignore other important matters of mutual interests. I think British foreign minster's statement is logical in current environment. Dialogues and talk give opportunity to listen each other and hope to people of both countries.

SMJ Mar 09, 2016 05:28am

How the hell UK has any right to meddle in Pakistan's affairs? Kashmir is the central issue between India and Pakistan. Mind your own business Mr. Foreign Secretary!!

M.S. Mar 09, 2016 05:36am

@zahra where is India? Both India and Pakistan are still third world countries, so please have some self respect.

Rohit Mar 09, 2016 06:29am

Yeh to sirf trailer hai, More is yet to come :)

Patriotic Mar 09, 2016 07:07am

Kashmire is a core issue for both country for 7 decades, without fair solution of Kashmire, every effort is fruitless, every meeting and dialog is just wasting of time. you can't do fishing on sand. without foundation, you can't build a castle on sand. You have to build solid foundation of mutual trust then peace and prosperity will be there.

Azmeen Mar 09, 2016 03:24pm

British created Kashmir issue & they are obliged to support people of Kashmir in their freedom struggle.

sourav Ghosh Mar 09, 2016 03:50pm

@Divergence how is the future of pakistan involved here Pls talk some sense

sourav Ghosh Mar 09, 2016 03:57pm

@Mumbai indian And this will help Kashmiris on both sides of the border to prosper as well

Ibrar Mar 09, 2016 05:40pm

@Rohit Unresolved Kashmir issue reminds us persistence of Indian immaturity. The day they let go their ego the region will prosper. Sitting on this issue and merely hoping that the world will forget it will sooner or later result in bigger issues.

Bala Mar 09, 2016 05:44pm

@N_Saq I support your view. Both of us need to move on. Pakistanis and Indians can become friends. Are we not of the same blood?

Afzal Mar 09, 2016 05:49pm

@INDIAN LOVE The impression 'digital India' is made to look as if all its issues are going to sort with the press of few digits.As far investments India does need to do some large scale businesses to sustain basic life and feed over a billion hungery mouths.

Zak Mar 09, 2016 09:36pm

"Under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue we have five strands of cooperation: trade and business relations, financial and development cooperation, education and health, consultations on defence and security, and cultural cooperation".

Trade is nothing to write home about, aid is pittance, education and cultural is a joke due to your unfair visa policy, defense coperation is for your arms sales to us, your benefit not hours and as for health, what health? Give us a break and don't come here again.

skraichurkar Mar 09, 2016 09:49pm

I agree with you fully.

skraichurkar Mar 09, 2016 09:50pm

@NPS I agree with you fully.

Gullu Badsha Mar 10, 2016 07:07am

@zahra. a nation dies a mental death when it gives up. The world has been unjust to the Kashmiris. Look at Europe & the USSR how soon they were broken into fragments in the name of independent states.

P DATTA Mar 10, 2016 08:13am

I would request everyone in Pak & India to rationally think over one issue...... Japan & USA are the closest friends despite the fact that USA dropped its atom bombs on Japan's territory. We have to look at the economic considerations first. Forget the past.

M.Saeed Mar 10, 2016 01:29pm

@pk : There is nothing more solid than ground reality. Article 370 in Indian Constitution is a further proof. Another solid proof is the fact that, it was introduced in the Indian Constitution by a draft prepared by non other than the Chief Minister (Diwan) of the Maharajah Hari Singh of Kashmir, on special orders of the Maharajah.

M.Saeed Mar 10, 2016 01:36pm

@P DATTA : You awe very correct. Also Germany, which is now the home of largest US base in Europe. Pakistan and India are paying the price of keeping K-Conflict alive by grounding human developments which would have surpassed China, S.Korea and Malaysia by ages, if not being bogged in crises that could have been settled with a bit of humanity.

Bupi Mar 10, 2016 10:57pm

@Kp f Well said.