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US seeks ‘greater dialogue’ between Pakistan, India

Updated Aug 18, 2016 10:32am


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WASHINGTON: The United States is urging ‘greater dialogue’ between Pakistan and India as relations between the two nuclear neighbours continue to deteriorate.

At a news briefing, a State Department official urged Pakistan to act against all terrorist groups, including those involved in cross-border operations in the region.

“We would encourage greater dialogue and counterterrorism cooperation between Pakistan and India,” said Mark Toner, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, when asked what the US would suggest to reduce tensions between the two countries.

“We’ve said that many times. It’s for the good of both countries; it’s for the good of the region. Frankly, it’s for the benefit of the United States,” he added.

Reports in the Indian and US media, quoting Indian officials, claimed that New Delhi wanted to talk about the alleged “troubles” in Azad Kashmir and not about the popular uprising in the India-held valley.

Islamabad urged to act against all terrorist groups

On Monday, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry invited his Indian counterpart to Pakistan for dialogue on the Kashmir dispute in a letter that “highlighted the international obligations of Pakistan and India with regard to resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

Recently, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Islamabad for a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation but refused to hold bilateral talks with Pakistani officials.

And last week, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that there would be no bilateral talks until Pakistan “stops terrorism against India”.

Asked to comment on her statement, Mr Toner said: “It’s important that Pakistan do the utmost to prevent terrorists from carrying out acts of terror — not just in Pakistan, but elsewhere in the region.”

But he also emphasised the need for both countries to resume dialogue. “It’s important that there’s greater collaboration, greater dialogue. And we would encourage any effort in that regard,” he said.

Published in Dawn, August 18th, 2016


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Comments (27) Closed

Usman Aug 18, 2016 10:43am

Why we(Pakistani) are still watching? I feel pain and shame

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 18, 2016 10:55am

Greater steps not dialogues needed to resolve the Kashmir issue, the recipe of UN resolutions is already there for its urgent implementation...

Shasyendra Yadav Aug 18, 2016 11:20am

@ AHMED BIN BABAR This is what we (Indians) are saying too. The UN Resolution's first step is for Pakistan so why don't you go with it.

Zealot Aug 18, 2016 11:32am

But they RUN away from conferences and when they are exposed.their supporters pass stupid ,silly and baseless statements everywhere but could not give proper our stance on kashmir is clear which they dont want to listen so dialogues are not possible..end of story

Zulfiqar Ali Aug 18, 2016 11:54am

USA not serious to resolve this issue ever. As they are using Kashmir issue for their own interests

what happened to the words said by current USA president during 2008 campaign ?? may be he and this ally's has forgotten but Kashmirs are still remembering that words with small hope

LoKarLoBaat Aug 18, 2016 12:00pm

India and Pakistan want 'greater dialogue'between US and Russia, US and China, US and North Korea, US and Cuba, US and Turkey and many many more!

Smart Solution Aug 18, 2016 12:00pm

Series of dialogue in the past than 'no-dialogue', its all indian gimmick to continue illegal occupation of Kashmir. Unted Nations and responsible nations should intervene to force UNO resolution for plebicite (vote) to let kashmiris decide which way they want to go.

Kamal Pasha. Aug 18, 2016 12:02pm

These serious problems started between Pakistan and India on the very first day Modi became PM. The world has to wait till he is gone.

Smart Solution Aug 18, 2016 12:04pm

@LoKarLoBaat Useless dialogue are stalling techniques that do not produce any results. Time for United Nations to enforce its resolution on Kashmir and resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan.

Zealot Aug 18, 2016 12:05pm

But they want to talk on their terms. and run away when they are badly exposed in conferences....

Lalit Aug 18, 2016 12:23pm

@Usman, what do you think we should do??

Shah Aug 18, 2016 12:24pm

@Kamal Pasha. ... Unfortunately he is here to stay, because in India people choose their leaders unlike people encroach themselves as leaders themselves and keep sitting there for infinity or till someone else take his place

Ravi Tokyo Aug 18, 2016 12:32pm

Talks doesn't reach any solution.Convert LOC to international border and solve once for all. It will save a lot of innocent lives ans wastage of money.

Zealot Aug 18, 2016 12:36pm

US keep your suggestion to yourself.because we cant talk to selfish,arrogant,extremists,clever, manifold and manipulative mindsets.we are completely indegenous at all should do a favour and leave afghanistan.otherwise these statements may do political point scoring among your supporters only who dont know the reality.

Rahat Aug 18, 2016 12:40pm

I think our media has stopped listening to the rest of the world. Every other day some piece of statement from US State Department is quoted which chides Pakistan and praises India, sometimes praises Pakistan for its endeavors against terrorism, sometimes asks Pakistan to do more, sometimes advises both Pakistan and India to resolve their issues through dialogue and it goes on. It's none of their business, we can resolve our issues on own if we want.

Namo Aug 18, 2016 12:58pm

@Zealot well reality has been pointed out to you in no uncertain terms so face it.

Desi Dimag Aug 18, 2016 01:13pm

@Kamal Pasha. These serious problems started between Pakistan and India on the very first day Modi became PM. The world has to wait till he is gone.

How was the relation between India and Pakistan before Modi, was it like honey? It is very good happened in India when he became PM, he will not allow any cynical agenda against the nation.

Riaz Ahmad Aug 18, 2016 01:32pm

The United States is urging ‘greater dialogue’ between Pakistan and India............ A tried and tested method of being trapped in a dead end leading to no where, keep talking just for talking sake on the topic of talk about talks. This method has been honed and perfected by US for decades in settling the Israeli and Palestinian depute.

INDIAN LOVE Aug 18, 2016 02:58pm

US want Kashmir solution must be through bilateral dialogue. Pakistan want US or UN to be third party in Kashmir dialogue. 70 years gone UN or US had done nothing . Similarly no country in this planet want to intervene in Kashmir issue . Whole world in single voice clearly said " Kashmir is bilateral issue between India & Pakistan , both countries should solve it by peaceful dialogue ".

Terrorist attacks in India is biggest hurdle in peaceful talks. So India want talk on cross-boarder terrorism first.

INDIAN LOVE Aug 18, 2016 03:00pm

Good to see US raising cross border terrorism issue. US is speaking what India wants.

INDIAN LOVE Aug 18, 2016 03:12pm

Pakistan have no international support on Kashmir issue . All its key allies US , EU , China , KSA , UAE etc are silent on Kashmir issue . Pakistan policy needs huge changes now to handle Kashmir issue. Pakistan talks on UN resolution since 70 years , nothing happened.

Zealot Aug 18, 2016 03:21pm

@INDIAN LOVE once we made defence alliance with muslim countries atleast 9 with better institutional framework..KASHMIR and PALESTINE LIBERATION will be NO MORE a DAY DREAMING.

diwakar Aug 18, 2016 05:00pm

US, Thank you for your advice. Bye see you.

INDIAN LOVE Aug 19, 2016 03:46am

@Zealot India have strong ties with almost all Muslim countries. Top Muslim countries like KSA , UAE , Iran , Qatar all are dependent on India huge oil & natural gas exports. Why they alliance against India when they have not threat from India ?. India is vast consumer market , strong economy , strong military , huge crude oil demand etc help India to gain influence across the globe , not only in middle east.

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 19, 2016 09:53am

@Shasyendra Yadav You indians are avoiding & ignoring UN for the last 70 years, let us approach the international body, hand in hand, and ask them to implement the resolutions without any further delay, Pakistan is ready for all such steps...

CHALJHOOTI Aug 19, 2016 10:26am

US has no locus standi to say anything here in Indian Subcontinent.

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 19, 2016 10:42am

@Desi Dimag He is cynical agenda by himself, God save India...