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India stalling dialogue to avoid negotiation on Kashmir: Aziz

Published Jun 29, 2016 02:18pm

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Satraj Aziz, on Wednesday said India was avoiding dialogue with Pakistan because that meant issues such as Kashmir will have to be negotiated, reported Radio Pakistan.

Contradicting Indian premier Narendra Modi's recent statement in which he placed the onus of stalled talks on Pakistan, Aziz asserted Pakistan was not refraining from talks with its neighbour.

He said Pakistan had plans for extensive talks with India on issues such as Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, economic cooperation, trade, visas and the detainment of fishermen, amongst others.

Aziz went on to say the Indian Army had rejected an earlier agreement regarding Siachen between the two governments, as they had “stakes” in the glacier.

The adviser had earlier said he was doubtful of progress towards the normalisation of ties between the two south Asian rivals, and suggested that the situation be managed to prevent tensions.

He had also credited Pakistan's diplomatic efforts for India’s failed membership bid of the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).

In a recent interview, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that due to his diplomatic efforts, the world had seen India was not reluctant to engage with Pakistan.

“Our approach has created difficulties for Pakistan, and they find it hard to respond on the matter in the international community,” said Modi.

Modi claimed there are “different types of forces operating in Pakistan”, and asked rhetorically if one has to draw a line or set conditions for dialogue, will it be “with the elected government or other actors?”

After Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan in December last year, the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries were scheduled to meet to discuss modalities regarding the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue agreed upon during Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference in December.

However, the attack on an Indian Airforce base in Pathankot in January this year proved as a big blow for any prospects of constructive dialogue between the neighbouring countries.

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amir Jun 29, 2016 02:31pm

they will never be able to negotiate on the Kashmir issue because it will always ,under just circumstances be a minus one solution (bad deal) for the Indians

Saifullah Jun 29, 2016 02:31pm

Sooner or later Kashmiris would get their right of self determination whether someone likes it or not. How long India will deny them their fundamental right to decide their own future?

vicky Jun 29, 2016 02:35pm

The whole world believes and follows the advise and comments of Mr. Aziz because he speaks plain truth nothing else!!! Still Pakistan is getting isolated globally......

Anuj Jun 29, 2016 02:37pm

What happened to his dossiers? What action is UN taking on India?

S.R. Jun 29, 2016 02:40pm

Why should India discuss with Pakistan's civilian government when it appears that the Pakistan army is in charge of its policies regarding India? At best both countries should take measures to check tensions against each other.

Sosing Jun 29, 2016 02:40pm

Good. Now convince members of NSG.

Rakesh Jun 29, 2016 02:44pm

Yes, So what are you going to do about it?

IS IT SO SIMPLE Jun 29, 2016 02:49pm

Sartaj Aziz is the best foreign affairs advisor in pakistan's history. He always checkmates india's diplomatic response. And i am indian.

Faisal Jun 29, 2016 02:53pm

Time to move on.

pak sarzameen Jun 29, 2016 03:01pm

dont go for UN resolution. we will lose

auginpk Jun 29, 2016 03:07pm

@S.R.

Very true

Syed Jun 29, 2016 03:18pm

@IS IT SO SIMPLE Most of the countries around the world will disagree with you...and I'm a Pakistani.

Shakti Oberoi Jun 29, 2016 03:23pm

What is there to "negotiate" on Kashmir??

Motherland Jun 29, 2016 03:27pm

He is true in saying that india avoids dialogue because on as per UN, india has to organise plebicite in kashmir . Modi is just playing tactics. He is not interested in meaningful dialogue.

Anand Jun 29, 2016 03:47pm

First point mentioned on UN resolution on Kashmir is withdrawal of Pakistan forces from Pakistan side of Kashmir. Has Pakistan done that ??

mullas Jun 29, 2016 03:49pm

talk for what ? ...

Harmony-1© Jun 29, 2016 03:58pm

@Shakti Oberoi - Freedom!

Singh Jun 29, 2016 03:59pm

Sartaj Aziz is best Foreign Minister in this world. Every week he put smile on my face with his comments on everything related to India. I wish Pakistan elect him in every election and he will be Foreign Minister of Pakistan for ever.

Manojk Jun 29, 2016 04:02pm

If with your excellent diplomacy you can block India from getting NSG member why can't use same to bring India on talking table.

Desi Dimag Jun 29, 2016 04:08pm

Once India enters in NSG and UNSC will talk about Kashmir.

Harmony-1© Jun 29, 2016 04:10pm

@Mullas - Read first!

Harmony-1© Jun 29, 2016 04:17pm

@Desi Dimag - No UNSC deserved before Kashmir resolution.

Akhtar Jun 29, 2016 04:23pm

@shubs Only, Indians knows the meaning of word negotiation.

Lotif Jun 29, 2016 04:34pm

Talking and fighting for last 70 years. There must be better things to do in our life time.

Sunil Jun 29, 2016 04:49pm

@Harmony-1© UN Resolution applies to Pakistan held Kashmir first.

Naxalite Jun 29, 2016 05:03pm

Modi's Theater-ics(Foreign Policy) won't bring durable peace to region, Kashmir issue must be taken into account very seriously.

Taimoor khan Jun 29, 2016 05:40pm

Indian occupied kashmir is a disputed territory. It's in India own interests to come on negotiating table and resolve this issue once for all via talks. Failing that, other options would be determental to the rest of India.

Honest truth Jun 29, 2016 05:45pm

For the purpose of peace,stability & development in both India & pakistan , Pakistani people needs to disapprove of their politicians repeating the old rhetoric.

Status-quo is best solution of the day, if pakistan is not happy with this & continues to bolster militancy as it has been for decades, it is very likely to even lose Kashmir occupied by itself.

Rao Jun 29, 2016 06:00pm

@Taimoor khan Absolutely right.

Truthful indian Jun 29, 2016 06:05pm

Modi has not delivered in his time as PM. He realised his policy in dealing with pakistan is total failure. So he hurls blame on Pakistan to divert attention. RSS has ruined his Prime Ministership.

Abbas Naqvi Jun 29, 2016 06:16pm

Both countries should first create conducive climate for talks. India-Pakistan tension should be diffused through effective diplomatic efforts leveling ground for meaningful dialogue. Lack of confidence and trust continues to keep the two countries on a course of collision. To resolve Kashmir requires bold decisions by the two countries' leadership. Peace between India and Pakistan can bring peace, progress and prosperity for the peoples of the two nuclear nations. Kashmir has no military solution, it requires the very fine art of diplomacy to be deployed to resolve it.

Truth Jun 29, 2016 06:45pm

@Abbas Naqvi Completely agree...for the initial peace talks to begin, Pak has to identify the real player for the talks. That is what Modi is saying. PM Modi put in a his entire political capital by inviting the Pak PM for his swearing in and again flying into the Pak territory. But I guess he is frustrated that the real stake holders on Pak side are playing havoc with the peace process and giving up on it. Which is not good for relations. PM Modi is the only PM in past 30 yrs who has full mandate in India and he is the best chance for peace as he can sell his decisions to Indian public with ease. it would be tragedy if Pak does not fully capitalize on this historical opportunity.

IndiaFirst Jun 29, 2016 07:55pm

I am an Indian and I think Kashmir should be amputated from India. Let the people who are currently in that region decide what they want to do..join Pakistan or remain independent. India must stop all relations , including trade with that part of the world. Complete economic blockade must be exercised. Not even a single grain must go from India after the amputation . Kashmir is just sucking major defense budget without giving anything back to the nation. Once there used to be good tourism , that is history anyway. Why should India carry the Kashmir baggage. All states must draw a referendum and cut Kashmir from mainland India.

Hassan Jun 29, 2016 08:36pm

I disagree with Aziz statement regarding diplomatic efforts that foiled India NSG membership award. The reason was very clear from the beginning that it was non-singing of NPT that turns out to be a major hurdle for India.

Lahori Kid Jun 29, 2016 08:46pm

This back and forth finger pointing and blaming will never ever resolve any issues. Both sides need to take a step back and figure out whats best for India and Pakistan and the people. Both sides have issues, both sides have their own reasoning for stalled talks, both sides claim to be ready. Both sides need to stop issuing statements that push the peace process further away. WE THE PEOPLE want peace, thats all, nothing less.

Lahori Kid Jun 29, 2016 09:16pm

What we need is the younger generation to rise up and take the bull by the horns, its the same ol same ol for decades, need fresh ideas that focus on people for a change rather than land that neither side owns but claims to be theirs. In my personal and humble opinion, the peace talks focus should be about India and Pakistan, need to quit using excuses to keep delaying talks. This is 2016, its about time we start coming up all the reasons for peace, for the people, remember the people? The whole reason to form a separate country called Pakistan? Whatever happened to that idea? Why did it became all about Kashmir?

anony Jun 29, 2016 09:18pm

I couldn't agree more with the minister. India just wants to kill innocent civilians in Kashmir, but in the end, freedom will be there inshallah.

Dr. Salaria, Aaminr Ahmad? Jun 29, 2016 09:23pm

100 percent true.

M Jamal Jun 29, 2016 09:51pm

Truth has to finally prevail and Kashmiris will be a separate nation.India must follow the civilised rule of referendum to find out the desire of the Kashmiri people. The world is changing,even Scotland doesn't want to stay in UK after Leave referendum as they want to Remain in EU.So no more talk please and go for the inspiration of Kashmiris thru referendum as practiced in today's world.

Chacha Jee Jun 29, 2016 09:55pm

What will be fate of muslims living in india if Kashmir joins Pakistan or is independent like land locked Afganistan.

kashmiri from heart n culture Jun 29, 2016 10:29pm

don't know why people of India n Pakistan fight for us.if we really need freedom or else we will u dont need to worry.

lafanga Jun 29, 2016 10:56pm

India and Israel right wing parties are molded from the same matter. Both say we do not have the right person on the other side to negotiate with while continuing with the brutal occupation and oppression of people in Kashmir and Palestine. No wonder both of them are now close friends.

Zak Jun 29, 2016 11:27pm

@Sunil UN resolution applies to All of kashmir nation, Azad kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir. Stop frauding.

Abraham Haque Jun 29, 2016 11:47pm

@Zak has Pakistan vacated their part of Kashmir genius

Jai SriRam Jun 29, 2016 11:48pm

@Taimoor khan We will see.. :)

KK Iftikhari Jun 30, 2016 12:36am

@Zak Sunil is right UN resolution first applies over Kasmiris occupied Kashmir. Why cant you answer that...

Vorshal Jun 30, 2016 12:47am

@Zak -- UN resolution is not mandatory.

sbk Jun 30, 2016 12:56am

@lafanga , Do you know that your brother country Turkey is now best friend of Israel?

sbk Jun 30, 2016 12:56am

@M Jamal , What about Balochistan?

Proud Bomb Owner Jun 30, 2016 01:11am

@Zak, read the resolution yourself first, Genius.

ANT Jun 30, 2016 01:24am

Dialogue for what? Neither side is willing to give an inch of land to the other. No government on either side will survive if they do. Neither can forcefully take it from the other.

ANT Jun 30, 2016 01:26am

@Taimoor khan there are no other options.

Vikram Sood Jun 30, 2016 02:16am

This attitude is sinking Pakistan.... it shows no responsibility of its own

R.K. Mohindra Jun 30, 2016 02:28am

@Taimoor khan Thank you for your advice

Devi Jun 30, 2016 03:40am

Sartaj Sahab, why would India discuss Kashmir with you when Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India?

s.arvadeo Jun 30, 2016 03:42am

@Saifullah what about Baluchistan?

atif Jun 30, 2016 04:30am

@IndiaFirst , I as a Pakistani agree with you , let them ( the kashmiris ) decide so both countries can move with lightening speed towards progress ..

Baba bingo Jun 30, 2016 04:37am

Negotiation or Hand over

Indian Jun 30, 2016 04:58am

Any new and innovative solution ?

SA Jun 30, 2016 05:08am

@IS IT SO SIMPLE Can you elaborate, and you know the meaning of checkmate mate?

Sid Jun 30, 2016 06:32am

@Saifullah That will never happen that India lets go of Kashmir. You can keep dreaming forever.

Zee star Jun 30, 2016 07:08am

Who is running Pakistan, please decide and then think of negotiations.

Samrat Jun 30, 2016 07:18am

@anony When will the end come?

Sunil Jun 30, 2016 11:27am

@Zak Its you people keep screaming about UN Resolution, so why not start from Your Kashmir then Indian Kashmir.

Sunil Jun 30, 2016 11:28am

@KK Iftikhari Doesnt Pakistan and China too occupy part fo J&K? For your knowledge, Gilgit and Baltistan are part of J&K are under Pakistan occupation and China's occupied part of Kashmir is called Aksai Chin.

Shiva Jun 30, 2016 11:55am

In your opinion India should talk with which Sharif , Rahil sharif or nawaz sharif...

Nirman Jun 30, 2016 01:27pm

Pakistan Govt has no control over anything.

rs Jun 30, 2016 03:02pm

None can part with any territory. Better to understand this and move one. Alternatively, go on issuing meaning less quotes. If peace is to be there, the status quo is the only answer. Talks on trade will bring the people together.

imran Jun 30, 2016 03:34pm

I think Pakistan should focus on getting rid itself of religious extremism, poverty and lack of education. It can do this by having a meaningful dialogue with India. Once these issues are tackled then they can focus on Kashmir and everything else that goes with it. i am not sure why pakistan is prioritising Kashmir over peace and prosperity of its own people.

asgher Jun 30, 2016 05:51pm

The only reason US and EU listen to modi is because of the business. Other then this everybody sees india as the troublemaker with all of its neighbors. India will face similar rejection while asking for a permanent membership of UNSC

asgher Jun 30, 2016 05:53pm

@Anand Pakistani forces are on Kashmir border for indian army, not inside Kashmir. indian forces are on every road street and ally of kashmir for suppressing Kashmiri people, Look at Kashmiri celebrations on 14Aug and Black days on 15Aug..still need a proof? why you are trying to settle more hindus in kashmir? for UN referrendum you are trying to change the percentage of muslim: hindu

The point withdrawal of forces is for you. Dont know where do you get this information!!

asgher Jun 30, 2016 05:58pm

@IndiaFirst Where does the water comes from? check how many rivers flow from kashmir into india and Pakistan.. Do a basic google search before speaking such talking.

asgher Jun 30, 2016 05:59pm

@Hassan Actually without signing NPT and CTBT india has already managed 2008 exemptions from NSG and the wavers are supporting them to trade anyways without being a member.

asgher Jun 30, 2016 06:27pm

@Vorshal UN resolution is not mandatory??!! then UNSC membership and NSG membership is also not mandatory dude!

Such negative and arrogant indian attitude is the cause of your diplomatic failure!

Khalid Latif Jun 30, 2016 09:34pm

Some one should advise the adviser to take the matter to the UN with commitment, through Ms Maliha Lodhi. Pakistan's foreign office's repeated statements about India not talking to Pakistan is becoming more and more embarrassing.

Aijaz Hussain Jun 30, 2016 11:13pm

Cross horns between both states is the genetically issue which never resolved and will be resolved unless India shows highly flexible attitude toward Pakistan.

Shamsher Singh Mustahil Jul 02, 2016 02:06pm

Janab, Kashmir is non negotiable. Everything else is negotiable.