India says no peace talks with Pakistan if Kashmiri leaders involved

NEW DELHI: India will cancel planned peace talks with Pakistan if their top security adviser insists on meeting Hurriyat leaders from the Indian-Held Kashmir region, India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters on Saturday.

The national security advisers (NSA) of the nuclear-armed neighbours were scheduled to meet in New Delhi on Sunday and Monday, but with both sides trading charges, talks were increasingly looking doubtful.

Earlier in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan on national security and foreign affairs, said he was “still prepared to go to New Delhi for NSA talks without any preconditions”.