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United States to urge India for holding talks with Pakistan over Kashmir issue

Updated Aug 31, 2016 07:38am


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Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands prior to a meeting in New Delhi. -AFP
Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands prior to a meeting in New Delhi. -AFP

NEW DELHI: United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India to start the annual US-India strategic dialogue in which tension with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region will be discussed.

As part of the annual strategic dialogue, US and India pledged on Tuesday to deepen security and commercial ties.

“It couldn't come at a more important moment,” Kerry said in his opening remarks.

A senior US official said Kerry would urge Modi in a meeting on Wednesday to open talks with neighbouring Pakistan to resolve tension over India-held Kashmir.

Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old rivalry between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India.

“We have a long-standing policy of encouraging and advocating for great dialogue between the two countries on addressing areas of difference, and that continues to be our position,” a senior US official said before the talks.

Afghanistan would also be discussed, the official said, amid closer ties between India and Afghanistan, which is likely to aggravate fears in Pakistan of being wedged between two hostile neighbours.

In a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval earlier, Kerry discussed regional security challenges in South Asia, as well counter-terrorism efforts, said US State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

Kerry was joined by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in talks with senior Indian government officials in the capital New Delhi.

Referring to the strategic dialogue, Kerry said, “In both sectors, security and economics, we have room to be able to further grow, and to expand our two-way trade and investment, but also to resolve our security problems in doing that.”

Kerry cited cyber-security and energy as areas where both countries could expand cooperation.

He said the sides had reached an understanding on financing to help India meet its ambitious renewable energy targets.

“Our plate between our two nations is as full now as it has ever been,” added Kerry, who was attending the second Strategic and Commercial Dialogue that will also be the last of the Barack Obama presidency.

India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, said she hoped the next US president would continue the dialogue that also seeks inputs from companies, which this year included e-commerce giant Amazon and wireless technology firm Qualcomm.

India is keen to attract foreign investment to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “Make in India” initiative while foreign investors are keen for reassurance that Asia's third-largest economy is becoming an easier place to do business.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed US CEOs on a planned Goods and Services Tax that the government hopes to introduce next year and would transform the market of 1.3 billion people into a single market for the first time.

Dozens of people have been killed in violent protests in Kashmir since July 8, when security forces killed a popular commander of a separatist group who enjoyed widespread support in the Muslim-majority region.

Modi has said India will not bow to terrorism and accused Pakistan of glorifying it in his annual Independence Day speech on August 15, in which he also raised the rhetorical stakes by highlighting concerns about human rights in restive regions of Pakistan.

New Delhi has rejected Pakistan's invitation to hold talks on the future of Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is an integral part of the nation. It also says any talks should address cross-border terrorism in India-held Kashmir.


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Muhammed Ali UK Aug 30, 2016 07:06pm

Fingers crossed, lets talk and put our hate to bed...please.

Zealot Aug 30, 2016 07:09pm

Talks on indian terms are baseless and futile........."LOUD AND CLEAR"

Santosh Aug 30, 2016 07:10pm

Good advise from the US....

Raju Aug 30, 2016 07:12pm

Politicians use the tools of hate to save their chair and make people fool ...... just think for the people of both country's who wants peace and love

Your Name Aug 30, 2016 07:12pm

Great achievement by NS to get Kerry to ask Indians to talk to us. Now let's hope they listen to Kerry

Mumbai-Dude Aug 30, 2016 07:14pm

Just when India was about to have hope for better relations with the US, there is an eye opener. Modi must learn. How many times would the US ditch India.

Surya Kant Agrawal Aug 30, 2016 07:18pm

No point. Useless advice

Mahmood Aug 30, 2016 07:21pm

Proof, US has a long (and a tall) reach in many affairs.

Basit Ali Aug 30, 2016 07:22pm

@Your Name Lets see if that comes in the joint statement issued after the meeting.

Kashmiri Aug 30, 2016 07:22pm

8 years of OBAMA and he did not say a word on Indian occupied Kashmir issue. USA did nothing for implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 47 and for right of self determination of Kashmiri people.

Pakistan beware.

Desi Dimag Aug 30, 2016 07:25pm

Sushma Swaraj has told whatever had to tell to Kerry over Kashmir. Manohar Parrikar also briefed about the main cause of Kashmir unrest in the US.

Zafar Ali Aug 30, 2016 07:24pm

This is all about business. US and whole world attracted India due to huge democracy and growth of that nations. Kishmir issue behind the bar now . Two countries have been pact's defense and many more sector. US is pulling india as a supper power in recent future.

Iftikhara from Kashmir Aug 30, 2016 07:25pm

Please resolve my Kashmir issue, desperately waiting for US to take the front seat.

Neighbour Aug 30, 2016 07:26pm

India needs to talk with Kashmiris,

warshah Aug 30, 2016 07:28pm

US and India are ally and definitely US is not our Boss.

SAEED MASOOD Aug 30, 2016 07:30pm

Most untrustworthy country of the world America, they love to cheat their friends.

KN Aug 30, 2016 07:30pm

There were hundreds of points discussed with Kerry. By the way Kerry also said, “US continues to support all efforts to bring the perpetrators of 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot attacks to justice.” and "US stands with India on terrorism no matter where it comes from"

Taimur Malik Aug 30, 2016 07:32pm

@Neighbour india out of Kashmir. This is only solution as promised by India to UN

ZAK Aug 30, 2016 07:33pm

When does India understand the meaning of Human Rights and it's value in the world.They cant deny the facts of IOK attrocities.

Zealot Aug 30, 2016 07:33pm

@Kashmiri we really dont need USA or anyone advice has been two months we ended dialogues with USA too...MAKE PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN IF USA OR INDIA CAN.....

Sudhir Neyalasinger Aug 30, 2016 07:34pm

@Zealot Indians would tell you the same.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Aug 30, 2016 07:38pm

@Taimur Malik India never promised that to the UN. India has always held that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

ZAK Aug 30, 2016 07:39pm

They will agree for talks, but in the end India holds the power to say No.

Zealot Aug 30, 2016 07:39pm

@Sudhir Neyalasinger tell what???

Janab Aug 30, 2016 07:45pm

He also said:"there is no good or bad terrorist"

R.S. Menon. Aug 30, 2016 07:46pm

Just see the difference in height of the two dignitaries in the photo. By 2040, the position would be reversed.

R.S. Menon, Bangalore

SAEED MASOOD Aug 30, 2016 07:47pm

Soon the whole ball game will change, Pakistan both Militarily and Economically will advance to a very respectable position, 2020 will start showing results clearly, right now we should ignore India's negative attitude and concentrate on our hard work, God has made a decision in Pakistan's favour...Pakistan should be thankful...Ameen

Warrior Aug 30, 2016 07:47pm

Like, if they are ready to take it seriously.

kurshid ali Aug 30, 2016 07:47pm

United States to 'urge' India to hold talks with Pakistan. This itself shows the weakness of US to advice India to do anything against its will.

Naveed khan Aug 30, 2016 07:48pm

@Zafar Ali You are absolutely right, we are surrounding Kashmir issue since long with no result . world has moved far away from us . But we(Pakistani) are in court. Please thing new generation of pak people, we have to raise our self

JAB Aug 30, 2016 07:50pm

Better we both (IND & PAK) be happy with their part of Kashmir and let peace prevail in the region. Rather we should work together towards the betterment of it's people and open borders for people to people contact. Kashmiri's need a better life over more radicalized society after freedom. Let's stop instigating people from both sides and make them understand that a porous border with better connectivity and life standard is more viable solution than demanding for full Kashmir or free Kashmir..

s.khan Aug 30, 2016 07:50pm

@Kashmiri No US president did that even when Pakistan was member of Seato and Cento and helped USA drive Soviets out of Afghanistan. USA policy is not to do its diplomacy in public with friends. I am sure the issue is raised in private. However, America is better than perfidious British. The report says when Narasimah Rao, Indian prime minister, visited John Major , British prime minister, John Major said that he is supposed to mention Kashmir, oh, I just did that and let us move on to other issues on the agenda. It show the lack of seriousness of British on Kashmir. Don't count on the west.

Raj_ Aug 30, 2016 07:50pm

Why will US urge India to do something which India doesn't want and US doesn't have any benefit? India is giving business to US and US is happy with that. India is USA's strategic partner and Pakistan leadership is well aware of that. US will always speak a language which will make India happy.

Faisal Aug 30, 2016 07:51pm

Great advice to India, India must show that it has the ability to actively listen to counsel of her friends, and this hegemonic attitude. It is unfortunate that Indian government and people have labelled freedom fighters as terrorists, that just shows how disconnected they are from ground realities. By this definition, our own forefathers who fought for our freedom against British Raj are terrorists, as India was a sovereign part of the British Empire.

Vectra Aug 30, 2016 07:52pm

I think US will meet India but the discussions will be mostly hover around on business perspective only as US is least interested in Kashmir.US is only concerned about how China can be cornered nothing else.

Surya Kant Agrawal Aug 30, 2016 07:54pm

@Iftikhara from Kashmir what solution you expect, please suggest.

kurshid ali Aug 30, 2016 07:55pm

@Iftikhara from Kashmir "resolve my Kashmir issue" - what is your Kashmir issue?. Are you not electing your own local MLAs MPs? Are you not have your own assembly to pass any law separately and independently. Are you not enjoying the social security doles given by the Indian government? Are you not free to settle in any part of India and lead an honourable life?

Wise Aug 30, 2016 07:57pm

@Faisal one difference though. Brits ran the busynesses, collected taxes and took to London. Here its the other way round.

Omar Aug 30, 2016 07:57pm

If there is to be peace in South Asia between the two nations then the elephant in the room needs to be addressed and a Plebiscite needs to be held in Kashmir to decide their future. The status quo is not an option when nuclear weapons are being pointed at each other and Kashmiri's are risking their lives to demand their rights despite a disproportionate indian army presence meant to subjugate the region. The world community and the UN needs to take more notice.

kaliraja thangamani Aug 30, 2016 08:01pm

When we think about Kashmir problem, first we have to bring back the natives of Kashmir- Pandits to Kashmir, as they are living as refugees in their own country.

Sakib Aug 30, 2016 08:01pm

@Zafar Ali Well said Zakir, we(Pak new generation ) have to think our self to raising for our country. we have to change our mind of state .

Changez_Khan Aug 30, 2016 08:03pm

Just a show and no action.

babat Aug 30, 2016 08:03pm

Kashmir is connected to India geographically, culturally and religiously, we will never let is go.

Khanm Aug 30, 2016 08:05pm

We the people of indo pak urge our leaders to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of human beings..

Culture Vulture Aug 30, 2016 08:07pm

This is a lopsided friendship. US will stand tall against India in any case.

Sardar Suri Aug 30, 2016 08:07pm

If it isn't abundantly clear, the USA supports India on the Kashmir matter.

timetostopthis Aug 30, 2016 08:08pm

Talks only on terrorism and nothing more till all terrorism from across the border ceases.

mayank bhopal Aug 30, 2016 08:07pm

look govt is now start to talking with kashmiris.and also ready to resolve their geniun concern

Fact Aug 30, 2016 08:09pm

I dont think more than 5% people from both side spoiling relationship,

SAEED MASOOD Aug 30, 2016 08:09pm

What is happening in Kashmir right now should open India's eyes, this is right now the power of the people of Kashmir, how many India will kill in Kashmir when the Kashmiris are not afraid to die, so without America letting them India should immediately start talking to Pakistan and stop worrying about Afghanistan because America is fooling them against China, India with friendly China will be very well off rather than America...Think India Think...

Basit Ali Aug 30, 2016 08:11pm

@SAEED MASOOD Could you please explain how you say that with more than $70 billion loans on our head and CPEC not expected to start before 2030

timetostopthis Aug 30, 2016 08:12pm

@Iftikhara from Kashmir There is nothing to resolve. Stop the protests and stone throwing, go back to normal activity and work with the government to build the state so people have jobs. You cant expect violence and development to go hand in hand.

Kashmiri Aug 30, 2016 08:11pm

Good job Kerry. India should listen to his new found friend and US must mediate to solve Kashmir issue according to UN resolutions.

timetostopthis Aug 30, 2016 08:13pm

@Neighbour Stop throwing rocks as it wont get you anywhere. Talk to the CM about your demands and work with her to improve the economy and the life of the people living there.

A shah Aug 30, 2016 08:16pm

Just words as India and US have already joined hands and US has opened doors to India and vise versa.

Kamal2 Aug 30, 2016 08:19pm

@Changez_Khan there will be action

Truth Aug 30, 2016 08:19pm

It is very unfortunate that an issue which should not be a issue ie holding the region and countries hostage and impacting the lives of millions and foreign powers are using the situation for their own economies. The Kashmir region is some respect equally distributed between 2 countries. The issue would only be to see how to make the people living in these areas have access to full region Which should be discussed. On India's part, it needs to allow for such dialogue while pakistan must stop demanding plebiscite/UN resolutions/etc. Create a conducive env on both sides is the key. The factors against each other are - the hawks who are opposed to any good relation...the political and social forces need to step up the demands for peace and relation. Modi as PM is in the best position to do it in India while PM Sharrief lacks this

Optimistic Pakistani Aug 30, 2016 08:21pm

@Mumbai-Dude bro same here for Pakistan..if we can solve our issues ourselves would not need any external interference... both of our country have so much potential but see where we are heading..there is no way we will live in peace as we don't want to...hope sanity prevails..

Logic Aug 30, 2016 08:22pm

@Your Name he urged

Truth Aug 30, 2016 08:23pm

@Naveed khan so true....and then what are fighting for ? the region is split and we have a decent portion of it. Lets just decide to allow people connections in this region. Its very simple

SAEED MASOOD Aug 30, 2016 08:24pm

@Basit Ali Sir just wait and see what I am saying will come true starting 2020, by 2030 Pakistan will be far ahead and out of reach off all the countries who are jealous of us, 70 billion loan this time is invested and we will pay off. After 2020 our energy problem will be far over and finished, by 2050 Pakistan will be only second to China Inshahallah. Read Bloomberg, WSJ, World Bank Reports ,IMF Reports, Economist. Financial Times...not the negative sold Pakistan media. If Pakistan cannot pay back the 70 billion loans why did they give it to us to lose their money..No sir they know Pakistan can pay it back...What I am saying will come true Inshahallah

Zealot Aug 30, 2016 08:25pm

But we will not talk to india on indian terms.....there is no point of discussion on this forum further so set aside those slogans.........because neither india nor USA can pressurize us now.....END OF STORY

Namo Aug 30, 2016 08:32pm

@Taimur Malik what about the solution that you promised to the UN?There is a saying you can only clap with two hands not one hand.

J USA Aug 30, 2016 08:32pm

@kurshid ali ...well said

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 30, 2016 08:36pm

The US and other permanent members of the Security Council, should put pressure on the UN to resolve the Kashmir issue in line with the passed resolutions. The experience of dialogue with india, over Kashmir, has never been encouraging because india resorts to delaying tactics, through blame game and non-cooperation, while this attitude is a dangerous threat to the regional rather global peace...

Pasha Aug 30, 2016 08:37pm

Violence must stop, it's not in anybody's interest, Violence only help terrorist

Action Aug 30, 2016 08:42pm

I saw Kerry speaking and he frankly spoke against good or bad terrorism. Also asked Pakistan to take action to punish those involved in Mumbai and Pathankot attacked across the border.

Hassan Srinagar Aug 30, 2016 08:42pm

@Sudhir Neyalasinger On November 2, 1947 speaking on All Indian Radio Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Fate of the State of Jammu & Kashmir is ultimately to be decided by the people. The pledge we have given not only to people of Kashmir but also to the world. We will not and cannot back out of it”. On November 25, 1947 Nehru informed the Indian parliament “We have suggested that when people of Kashmir are given a chance to decide their future, this should be done under the supervision of an impartial tribunal such as United Nations Organization”. . Both India and Pakistan accepted the United Nations Resolutions.But India lied and lied and never kept her word...

Abdulla Hussain Aug 30, 2016 08:44pm

Lollipop given to Pakistsn as a pacifier in the backdrop of defence deal with India. Don't need any help, Kashmiris are enough to break away from India. Pakistan's foreign policy makers are incompetent.

Hassan Srinagar Aug 30, 2016 08:49pm

@kurshid ali ..................Free Kashmir..We don't want to live under Indian occupation.........

Third Party Aug 30, 2016 08:51pm

India is acting like boss !!

Hassan Srinagar Aug 30, 2016 08:52pm

@babat .............We are connected more to Pakistan ......Correct your facts and figures...

sbk Aug 30, 2016 08:54pm

What HAS BEEN ACHIEVED in this fight, bitterness and hatred since 70 years? Hatred leads to destruction; but, peace leads to prosperity and development. Hatred is beneficial to politicians; but, peace is beneficial to people. We all pray for lasting friendship between India and Pakistan.

SR Aug 30, 2016 08:59pm

Under Modi India will talk on its own terms Else there will be no talk. I don't think this will not deteriorate situation any further than now. If it happens then India is powerful enough to face it

Saleem Aug 30, 2016 09:01pm

@Surya Kant Agrawal ..Come to Kashmir and see yourself..Everywhere it is written,WE WANT FREEDOM............

prashant Aug 30, 2016 09:03pm

@Kashmiri have you read the resolution? Go to the UN site and read 47a. Do no make ignorant comments.

Wasim Qureshi Aug 30, 2016 09:04pm

@Sudhir Neyalasinger Kashmir has never ever been an integral part of India - This notion of India is an integral part of India is a thought process of a country who does not think in reality.

Sajad Khan Aug 30, 2016 09:05pm

@Ahmed bin Babar Except China no one listens to us. We need to have more friends

Sudhir Neyalasinger Aug 30, 2016 09:05pm

@SAEED MASOOD I love your optimism. But I am not convinced.

prashant Aug 30, 2016 09:05pm

@ZAK after you sir!

SinghisKing Aug 30, 2016 09:05pm

@Hassan Srinagar Who is "we" ? How can you say you represent ALL Kashmiris ? I have heard many Kashmiris who say they just want peace

Saleem Aug 30, 2016 09:07pm

@timetostopthis ....................Free Kashmir and end the occupation.....

Wasim Qureshi Aug 30, 2016 09:08pm

@Hassan Srinagar This reference of the Speech by Pandit Nehru is a slap to the Indians who call Kashmir an integral part of India.

Saleem Kashmir Aug 30, 2016 09:12pm

Freedom is the destiny of Kashmiris........If British had to leave Indian,India is no big deal....Just a matter of time....

KJ Aug 30, 2016 09:14pm

@SAEED MASOOD - can you please provide any link of WSJ, Bloomberg, etc. As claimed by you

Saleem Kashmir Aug 30, 2016 09:27pm

@SinghisKing .....Come to Kashmir and you will come to know,Who is ."WE"......

Zealot Aug 30, 2016 09:28pm

Solution of kashmir is first of all UN peace keeping troops should be deployed which include Turkish,saudi,egypt,uk,us and France first in AJK for plebisite and our troops Should completely vacate AJK.then the same stance apply on india too where indian troops should completely vacate IOK and voting and polling will be conducted where each personel will be in every nook and corner of both kashmir to ensure impartiality and 6 personels of different nationalities will go door to door to bring member of each house for vote or poll for either state...dont mention resolution 47 As it is a JOKE.....RESULT WILL BE CLEAR AS PER THIS METHOD if applied after thorough consencus and trust.....THOUGH IT IS TIRESOME BUT IT IS NECESSARY AND BASED ON EQUALITY FOR BOTH SIDES....THATS IT

Houlbelat Aug 30, 2016 09:32pm

There was only chance when US was serious about Indo-Pak talks during the days of Ayub and Nehru when J.F. Kennedy was in the driving force. Unfortunately, both Kennedy and Nehru died in quick succession, leaving the whole effort for nothing.

Houlbelat Aug 30, 2016 09:33pm

@KN : Remember, he is the top diplomat of the US Government!

India First Aug 30, 2016 09:34pm

@Hassan Srinagar That is not going to happen. Kashmir belongs to India,

Baloch Aug 30, 2016 09:34pm

@Kashmiri Read UN resolution 47 first.

Houlbelat Aug 30, 2016 09:35pm

To all Indians, see the famous sayings of Mahatma Gandhi about settling disputes with neighbors.

Truth Aug 30, 2016 09:42pm

@Wasim Qureshi ....Nehru is an architect of the mess we see can't take him and his actions as our driving force....

India First Aug 30, 2016 09:44pm

@Wasim Qureshi Please do your research right. UNSC resolution 47 on Kashmir adopted on April 21, 1948 is only a set of advisory recommendations (under chapter VI) ...they are not enforceable recommendations like resolutions under chapter VII are. So it is up to India to accept the recommendations or not. Besides, even under the recommendations, the first step was that Pakistan vacates all Kashmiri territory and removes its forces. You guys don't understand this, even Pakistan will never get ready to leave the part of Kashmir which is under its control. The boundaries are where they are, either keep talking about it and keep pushing your nation and its economy backwards, or learn from India and progress forward. Choice is yours.

Ghaznavi Aug 30, 2016 09:45pm

How can a meaningful dialog occur between the two neighbors when the US continues to tilt the power balance towards India? US must make it clear that the Indo-US military cooperation will not be used against Pakistan.

SAEED MASOOD Aug 30, 2016 09:46pm

@KJ ...Just go, and search Pakistan news

sbk Aug 30, 2016 09:46pm

Kashmir belong to Kashmiri Pandits, who were driven out of Kashmir.

Khan of KPK Aug 30, 2016 09:48pm

India says repeatedly, they'll not hold talks about kashmir issue with third party. But they've no guts to say the same to USA. Kashmir is a bilateral issue. India should held talks with Pakistan.

sbk Aug 30, 2016 09:49pm

Kashmir will always be part of India.

Namo Aug 30, 2016 09:52pm

@Zealot Thinking out of the box is all very well but the consensus is not there.The reason being that there are people with vested interests who will not allow this to happen.

Girish Hindu Aug 30, 2016 09:52pm

Beware of this powerful alliance between US and India.

ahaq Aug 30, 2016 09:54pm

Sushma was offered dialogue by Pakistani side but she rejected. Hope she will listen to John Kerry

The end is near Aug 30, 2016 10:22pm

Simple solution is to flip a coin and the one who wins the toss, gets the Kashmir. Problem solved.

pathanoo Aug 30, 2016 10:37pm

They have talked each other to death. But neither has the courage to adopt the solution that is looking them in the face. Line of Control to be made permanent border and allow the Kashmiris tototal autonomy except defense and foreign policy.

SB Aug 30, 2016 10:51pm

@Kashmiri , To be precise it is 60+ years by now

SB Aug 30, 2016 10:53pm

@Hassan Srinagar , It is all history

Masoud Aug 30, 2016 11:07pm

@Abdulla Hussain: I fully agree with your point specially about the failure of our foreign policy but who in the government cares, business with India & aid from US comes first.

Patel Surat Aug 30, 2016 11:08pm

@Kashmiri I bet next 8 years will be the same. For US Palestine problem is more important.

Hamid Shafiq Aug 30, 2016 11:09pm

@Sudhir Neyalasinger listen the speech of pundit Nehru in UN India should accept and promise.

Dr Divakar Aug 30, 2016 11:15pm

"Kerry would urge Modi in a meeting on Wednesday to open talks with neighbouring Pakistan" Kerry hasn't spoken anything for Pak to be happy,yet. Wait until tomorrow & then try to make a news. By the way it will be interesting to watch how much precaution US takes in advising any such thing in order not to upset India.

Hassan Srinagar Aug 30, 2016 11:20pm

@India First ...........That will happen someday and whole world will see.......Sooner the better....If British had to leave India,India also will have to do same regarding kashmir.....Just a matter of time...

Akbar Khan Aug 30, 2016 11:21pm

@Faisal Indians have been living in this land for 5000 yrs.British were bound to go away one day

Akbar Khan Aug 30, 2016 11:34pm

@sbk very true

Zealot Aug 31, 2016 12:01am

@Girish Hindu

Yeh it is harmless for us....

And to ""beware """is

Joke of the millennimum

Raunak Aug 31, 2016 12:20am

@Khan of KPK .. Let us see if India has guts to say NO...

Imran Altaf Aug 31, 2016 12:24am

I urge India as the "largest democracy in the world" to let Kashmir rule itself.

Shriram Joshi Aug 31, 2016 12:42am

@SAEED MASOOD best of luck...keep it up

Shriram Joshi Aug 31, 2016 12:43am

@ZAK we will take care of it..sure

ZAFAR Aug 31, 2016 12:58am

Main talks were regarding trade,economy, energy, military, growth, logistics etc. Kashmir was a whiff just as a formality.

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Nazma Kashmir Aug 31, 2016 01:19am

@SAEED MASOOD Isanallah Pakistan will surpass China and US in next 4-5 years. India is not in the line only. Pakistan will be at 1st position and China at 2nd.

Zak Aug 31, 2016 01:45am

This is good as US gets more entrenched into India, they will solve kashmir as well.

Sadaf Aug 31, 2016 01:52am

@Kashmiri Not US but the people of Kashmir will decide the future.

Janab Aug 31, 2016 02:00am

@SAEED MASOOD $70 billion is a small change for India, China, USA and some European nations.

Vmz Aug 31, 2016 02:12am

US "to urge" India. John Kerry just got permission to urge India.

Muzaffar Ali Aug 31, 2016 02:13am

Talk talk is better than War war.....anytime, any day ! Even if nothing comes out of it... may have averted some future problem....

Predictor Aug 31, 2016 02:19am

India is not serious in holding talk, India's arrogance will lead it to a devastating future.

AB, US Aug 31, 2016 02:27am

@sbk So true. All Kashmiri Pandits should return to the valley and peace will prevail.

sam Aug 31, 2016 03:20am

complete different story in Indian media.

AHA Aug 31, 2016 04:06am

That means talks only and no terrorism or encouraging stone throwing

H Aug 31, 2016 04:28am

@warshah Sure, Pak should decline US funds.

prabhjyot singh madan Aug 31, 2016 06:35am

@Taimur Malik please read the conditions in the resolution. Rab rakha.

JT Aug 31, 2016 06:53am

Kerry 'would' and he never did

Syed Chishti Aug 31, 2016 08:09am

There is a lot of substance in this dialogue.Now it all depends how Russia,China,US,EU&UK relationships carry it forward with their global economic interest.The upcoming US elections will be weighing on this kind of deal very heavily even if we have an elected Democratic Party Presidential candidate.

Even though US diplomatic&defense deals don't get washed away by who is the President of the United States of America,but who dominates the congress&what are their long term objectives for the US,its economy,its place in the global politics,as well as-as a World Super-Power.

These few years ahead are critical for the UN P5,how & what these countries are going to do, & inter-act with each other on global platform. Looking at EU & now UK after Brexit,the world economy would be taking twist&turns.

The entire global picture of peace& stability will depend not just on different emerging regional powers,but will depend on which group of countries promote global peace-live and let live policy.

Viv | Indian Aug 31, 2016 03:02pm

@Your Name what achievement ? He hasn't said the word 'Kashmir' in his entire speech.. the sentence he used is very generic and been used from 70 years.. Nothing new!

Tic Tock Aug 31, 2016 04:21pm

Even if its a bilateral issue India will refuse to talk on Kashmir with Pakistan and will be absolutely right in doing so because Terrorism is the root cause of all issues including Kashmir.

Saagar Aug 31, 2016 04:38pm

@sbk very well articulated. This is the solution to all the problems of the world

Kumar Aug 31, 2016 04:55pm

@kurshid ali Kasmiris can settle any part of India but people from rest of the India can not settle in J&K. Pakistan has allowed Punjabies to settle in their occupied portion.

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 31, 2016 05:44pm

The US, India and their allies need a lecture on Kashmir and the legal status of liberation movements in the books of International law or they can read and refresh their knowledge on the subject by reading the book titled, The status in International law of national liberation movements and their use of armed force. By Edre U. Olalia...

Uday Kulkarni Aug 31, 2016 06:46pm

@Zak Yes, resolve Kashmir to India's satisfaction.

Kumar Aug 31, 2016 09:21pm

@Mumbai-Dude US may ditch India but India will get technology and become self sufficient.

Sachin Aug 31, 2016 10:26pm

Both sides will have to give up something and comprise. Pakistan wants nothing less than entire JK becoming part of Pakistan. India wants nothing less than entire JK becoming part of India. The UN plebiscite can no longer happen bcoz a) 1965 war and the ceasefire treaty overrides previous agreements b) The demographics of Kashmir is forcibly changed when pushed out Hindus Sikhs Buddhists out of valley. So the ask for any UN plebiscite has no legal basis anymore. Thats the reason even UN is not talking of it.

KJ Sep 01, 2016 01:01am

@SAEED MASOOD -searched but couldn't find anything. Can u provide links?

Payal Verma Sep 01, 2016 03:12am

@Raj_ It is not about preferential treatment...It is more about business and USA and India not interested to discuss Kashmir as an elephant in the room because it has nothing to do with the trade and business between both countries. So such elephants in the room must be shelved aside. Focus on business and not get earwigged by any anti-India countries in matter of Kashmir.

mohit Sep 01, 2016 04:25am

@JAB agree with you, not sure why Pakistan doesn't get it. Pakistan can't repeat what Gandhi managed 70 years ago for a number of reasons. This obsession is hurting every one. Where are cool and pragmatic heads...

Ukumar Sep 01, 2016 06:03am

Talking at this time is a waste of time. Keep what each country has and concentrate on development and some day when relationships are better and there is good trade, the border will melt away. There will then be no Kashmir issue.

THOUGHT PROVOKING Sep 01, 2016 11:18am

The Indian government has already rejected to holds talks and to have ideologues by mutual consensus on future of Kashmirs . Indian government should be agreed to sit on Table Talks and Negotiations for the great interest of both countries and for developing peace in this region. The world knows the Indian Government has poor domain of Foreign policies for resolving the Kashmir issues.