Shireen Mazari calls British secretary 'foolish' for saying Kashmir not linked to talks with India

Published: March 9, 2016
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Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari on Wednesday called British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond ‘foolish’ for saying the Kashmir issue should not be a precondition for starting the dialogue process with India.

“So UK foreign secretary wants Pakistan to talk to India without letting Kashmir come in the way! Foolish man should understand our history first!” Mazari tweeted.

Pakistan, India should not allow non-state actors to derail peace process: British foreign secretary

She further added that Kashmir defined parameters of Pak-India relations. “Movement forward stops when something happens in IOK.”

“We really don’t need British foreign secretary telling us how to conduct our relations with India! He should focus on his EU problem instead!” she added.

On Tuesday, Hammond urged both the countries to not allow non-state actors and other pressure groups to derail the peace process.

“I urge both Pakistan and India not to allow non-state actors and other pressure groups to derail the peace process. Settling the Kashmir issue should not be a precondition for starting the dialogue process,” Hammond said while addressing a joint press conference with Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.

The British foreign secretary advised Pakistan to speed up the investigation into January 2 terror assault on India’s Pathankot air base in northern Punjab state which India has blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups.

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“I welcome Pakistan commitment to vigorously pursue Phatankot attack investigations and we hope that the country will make progress in the investigation,” he said.

Hammond also lauded Islamabad’s role in the fight against terrorism and said Britain will continue its support to Pakistan in war on terror. “I salute Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism. Pakistan is the victim of terrorism and we want to work with Pakistan to take on the threats it faces. British and Pakistan will remain partner against terrorism,” Hammond added.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Zoro
    Mar 9, 2016 - 2:50PM

    The author should know that India Pakistans history was STARTED by the Britishers … They know the history better than you do… LOL LOLRecommend

  • Zico
    Mar 9, 2016 - 3:54PM

    Don’t mention the “K” word ever again !!Recommend

  • ghazal
    Mar 9, 2016 - 4:24PM

    ohhh, pls no dharna at Trafalgar square because of one statement .Recommend

  • SS
    Mar 9, 2016 - 6:41PM

    Hope PTI comes to power and want to see IK and Shireen change their tone. Ofcourse ordinary masses will take the bravado anyday. Didnt happen in 68 years and will not happen ever.Recommend

  • saleem
    Mar 9, 2016 - 6:45PM

    Well then Ms. Mazari is an idiot

    The whole world knows that US and UK pushed Pakistan and India to start talking and not let kashmir derail the peace process Recommend

  • ramdar
    Mar 9, 2016 - 9:03PM

    Such immature short sighted politicians do no good to any country. Pakistan’s obsession with Kashmir hurts both countries though Pakistan suffered far more than India. Kashmir also suffers but thanks to Indian army, it has not gone as chaotic as Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 9, 2016 - 10:13PM

    No more UK visa for this woman.Recommend

  • gebde
    Mar 10, 2016 - 1:22AM

    All Pakistani politicians know the ground reality. The want to be in the good books of the establishment so when PTI’s turn comes, she is not black-listed.Recommend

  • Naim Khan
    Mar 10, 2016 - 2:21AM

    @ramdar:
    It’s costing India lots of money to keep 500,000 men in Kashmir, this what west wants so they can sell Arms to both countries. Recommend

  • ramdar
    Mar 10, 2016 - 8:15PM

    @Naim Khan:
    True but not posting the Army in Kashmir will cost India even more, thanks to the rise of terrorist forces around. Still, India’s defense spending as percentage of its GDP is much less than Pakistan’s. Blaming west does not help us.Recommend

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