Amid allegations and counter-allegations, Pakistan on Monday formally invited India for talks on Jammu and Kashmir, a major bone of contention between the two countries, while India has already forwarded tough conditions for dialogue on “contemporary and relevant” issues.
According to Foreign spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry called on the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale on Monday and handed over a letter addressed to his Indian counterpart, inviting him to visit Pakistan for talks on Jammu and Kashmir that has been the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
“The letter highlights the international obligation of the two countries, India and Pakistan, to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.
Earlier on Saturday, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup, while commenting on Pakistan’s proposal of ‘exclusive’ talks on Jammu and Kashmir, forwarded tough conditions for dialogue on “contemporary and relevant” issues with Pakistan.
“India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism, infiltration of terrorists like Bahadur Ali, incitement to violence and terrorism across the border, parading of internationally recognised terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, and sincere follow up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation in Pakistan,” Swarup added. -Business Recorder