Foreign Secy invites India for talks on Kashmir

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Analysts pessimistic about Indian response

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has invited his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to visit Pakistan for talks on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary called in the Indian high commissioner on Monday at the foreign office and handed over a letter addressed to the Indian counterpart inviting him to visit Pakistan for talks on Kashmir dispute that has been the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
The letter highlights the international obligation of both the countries, India and Pakistan, to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The move has been contemplated following the unbridled wave of atrocities unleashed by the Indian troops on innocent and hapless Kashmiri people in the Indian occupied Kashmir.
Addressing a news conference the other day, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said though comprehensive dialogue between the two countries is presently stalled, however, the two countries must hold dialogue on Kashmir in view of grave developments there. Pakistan has written to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the Council has conveyed to India that it wanted to send a fact-finding mission to Occupied Kashmir.
The invitation has been extended at a time when the Indian border security forces chose Pakistan’s Independence Day to resort to unprovoked firing on the LOC. The statement emanating from New Delhi also reflected that India is not serious to discuss the cord issue of Kashmir dispute rather trying to divert the attention from the atrocities it is committing in the held valley.
Given the current situation especially in occupied Kashmir, analysts while talking to this correspondent were pessimistic that New Delhi will respond to Pakistan’s gesture positively. While referring to the recent statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Balochistan, the analysts said this exposes the animosity that India is harboring against Islamabad.
“In fact the Indian intelligence agency RAW itself is involved in sabotage activities in the province with the aim to undermine CPEC project. For this the intelligence agency is also supporting the terrorist and extremist elements while using the land of Afghanistan,” they said adding that Pakistan needs to take tough stance against Indian interference in Pakistan especially Balochistan and Karachi.
The analysts added that the situation in Balochistan and occupied Kashmir can not be equated under any circumstances as Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of partition of the sub-continent and there are several UNSC resolutions on it which accept the self of right of determination of Kashmiri people.

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