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

PTI leader says British foreign secretary should not be telling Pakistan how to conduct its relations with India


News Desk March 09, 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.



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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.

COMMENTS (10)

ramdar | 5 years ago | Reply @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.
Naim Khan | 5 years ago | Reply @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.
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