Pakistan formally invites India for talks on Kashmir

Published: August 15, 2016
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In this file photo Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. PHOTO: MEA INDIA

In this file photo Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. PHOTO: MEA INDIA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has written a letter to India, inviting the latter for talks on Kashmir – a dispute which has remained a bone of contention between the two South Asian nuclear powers for decades.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry called on the Indian high commissioner and handed over a letter addressed to his Indian counterpart, inviting him to visit Pakistan for talks on Jammu & Kashmir, the Foreign Office said in a statement released on Monday.

“The letter highlights the international obligation of both countries, India and Pakistan, to resolve the Jammu & Kashmir dispute, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions,” the communiqué read.

Pakistan to invite India for talks to quell Kashmir unrest: Sartaj Aziz

The development comes days after Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will invite India for dialogue on Kashmir in the wake of unrest in the valley. Speaking at a news conference in Islamabad, Aziz said Chaudhry would soon write a letter to his Indian counterpart seeking dialogue on Kashmir.

Massive protests erupted in Indian-held Kashmir after the killing of HuM commander Burhan Wani, followed by deaths of at least 60 protesters at the hands of Indian forces.

According to the adviser, Pakistani envoys had recommended the country invite India for talks on the situation in Kashmir in a conference on August 1 . The conference discussed a number of diplomatic initiatives and one of them was to offer India dialogue on Kashmir if it was not ready to resume structured talks, Aziz elaborated.

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  • Abdul Jabbar - Indian
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:13PM

    It is waste of time and logic in invitation of Pakistan and say “Kashmir dispute in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions”. India will never accept any such precondition. It is not Pakistan who should ask India to solve UN resolutions it is UN who should ask. Pakistan can go to UN and pressurize UN.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:42PM

    Why not in accordance with Simla Agreement?Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:52PM

    @PrakashG
    why not….Atleast start the talks on kashmirRecommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:48PM

    Funny. Do Pakistanis believe India cares for such moronic proposal? There is something wrong with the average Pakistani’s and their leaders’ IQ. Recommend

  • NDA
    Aug 16, 2016 - 1:22AM

    It is stupidity. Not diplomacy. Pak is providing India a way out from this grim situation. who advised this course? some NGO or the US .Recommend

  • Sun tzu
    Aug 16, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Read U.N. resolutions on Kashmir b4 commenting. Step1. Pakistan to vacate its part of Kashmir. Step2. India to vacate its part of Kashmir keeping minimum force to deter Pakistan’s invasion like in 1947. Step3. Hold plebiscite on three options — join Pakistan, join India or become Independent country. So you can now draw own conclusions. …politicians are fooling the people by talking about U.N.. go there U.N. will laugh at you.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:13AM

    @Haider:
    Appreciate your attitude. But if we can’t respect the treaties already signed, do you think there is point in signing new ones?Recommend

  • shesh 25
    Aug 18, 2016 - 8:33AM

    The article is totally misleading. India has confirmed that talks will be on terrorism–NOT ON KASHMIR at all.. It seems Express Tribune is twisting the truth…. Terrorism—–cross border/Pathankot/26-11 etcRecommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:47AM

    First stop TERRORISM. And have peace for five continuous years. The we will talk.Recommend

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