The Foreign Office on Friday said India is sabotaging efforts to normalise relations with Pakistan by ‘using flimsiest of reasons to avoid talks’, Radio Pakistan reported.
In an interview with the Press Trust of India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria urged New Delhi to ‘show seriousness’ towards resolving the Kashmir issue.
Zakaria said India has tried everything to sabotage all goodwill gestures Pakistan has ever made towards normalising relations between the two countries.
Referring to the trajectory of Indo-Pak relations in recent times, Zakaria said the trajectory has been on a downward slope.
“India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture that we made towards normalising relations,” said the FO spokesperson.
He added that Sushma Swaraj, during her visit to Pakistan during the Heart of Asia Conference in 2016, had said that the peace process would continue and no incident would be able to derail the talks.
“Then the Pathankot attack happened and since then India has been using it as a pretext to run away from the talks. Though, they have no proof against Pakistan.”
When asked why the two countries could not resume talks in 2016, Zakaria said that “every time there is a prospect for talks, India comes up with a new excuse”.
“They want to suppress the Kashmiris and use the Pakistan card and border tension to hide their crimes against humanity in Indian-occupied Kashmir and also for playing domestic politics,” said Zakaria. Zakaria, while talking about the situation on the Line of Control, said that the calm on the LoC was temporary.
“It was due to the international pressure after the UN, US and several other countries urged for lowering tension. India stopped fire for a few days and again they have violated the LoC recently.”