Peace talks impossible with gun in Pakistan’s hand, says India

Published: September 22, 2016
Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi. PHOTO: AFP

India on Wednesday  said talks can’t be held with guns and blackmail after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused New Delhi of putting ‘unacceptable’ conditions for peace talks.

Responding to Nawaz’s statement at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India’s Junior Foreign Minister MJ Akbar denied Pakistan’s claims of going “the extra mile” in engaging with India.

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“Pakistan wants dialogue while holding a gun a terrorist gun in its hand. Talks and guns don’t go together. Our position on a dialogue has been consistent. We have always been ready for a dialogue, but we will not succumb to the blackmail tactics of a government in Islamabad that seems eager to use terrorist and terrorism as policy,” Akbar told reporters in New York.

Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has escalated in the last two months, after Indian security forces gunned down separatist militant Burhan Wani in Kashmir.

Pakistan witnessed widespread anti-India protests after several civilians were killed in the subsequent clashes with police in Indian Kashmir.

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Calling Wani a “young leader”, Nawaz said he had emerged as the symbol of the Kashmiri struggle for independence.

Akbar hit out at Nawaz for glorifying Wani. “It was shocking that a leader of a nation can glorify a self declared, a self- advertised terrorist at such a forum. This is self incrimination by the Pakistan PM,” he said.

Nawaz earlier said Pakistan is committed to the establishment of strategic stability in the region, but accused India of building up arms in an unprecedented manner.

“It neither wants, nor is it engaged in an arms race with India. But we cannot ignore our neighbor’s unprecedented arms build-up and will take whatever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence,” Nawaz said at the UNGA.

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Bilateral ties between the South Asian neighbours received another setback when a militant attack in Indian Kashmir on Sunday killed 18 soldiers.

India has blamed Pakistan for the raid, but Islamabad denies any role and accused India of apportioning blame before it had properly investigated. The disputed Himalayalan region of Kashmir remains the main issue of contention between the neighbours, both of whom claim it in full but rule in part.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Akbar
    Sep 22, 2016 - 11:27AM

    Let’s agree for the sake of argument that the Jnr Minister of India is right, what talks his Govt had on the issue when there was no guns? None !! The Modi-Doval-Parikhar combo had no plans for talks and also deny any third party involvement and when the violence erupts they rush to the third parties from Russia to US. The fact is Modi Govt got elected on the slogans of “aggressive policies on Kashmir” and finding it very tough now to manage the reality of the issue with the war mongering slogans. Let the sanity comes and let this region be the most peaceful in the days to come. Recommend

  • SB
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:20PM

    Right approach by IndiaRecommend

  • Bilal Khan
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:26PM

    India is turning into the best example of ‘tyranny of the majority’.
    It has elected a govt. that has deep roots in hindu fascism promising economic gains and has now become a slave of its own slogans.
    Pakistan cannot and will not put down the gun as long as India holds it and keeps using it not just against Kashmiris but also Pakistanis (in Balochistan clearly boasted by the hindutva Indian Prime Minister in 15th of Aug. speech).
    Pakistan needs to protect its security at all cost.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:10PM

    This is why noone can take him seriously, the sheer irony in his comment. It’s Indians who are holding the guns and pointing them at innocent Kashmiri eyes.Recommend

  • MAS
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:14PM

    India wants to discuss anything but Kashmir. They have previously performed bollywood movies in Indian Parliament and Mumabai. They did a flop show in Pathankot. Now they did another at Uri….Recommend

  • MAS
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:14PM

    India wants to discuss anything but Kashmir. They have previously performed bollywood movies in Indian Parliament and Mumabai. They did a flop show in Pathankot. Now they did another at Uri….Recommend

  • Nobis
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:29PM

    No peace in the region until india stops supporting terrorism in Balochistan and stops killing Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • Served
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:48PM

    Says india which has a knife hidden behind its back. We know you very well and a gun pointed to your head is far safer for everyone than getting backstabbed by India.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:10PM

    @Bilal Khan:
    But why not prove that in a court ICJ or UN?Recommend

  • Darrvesh
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:18PM

    We keep on insisting for talks to keep our record straight otherwise we are not interested in keeping any relation with dishonest nation. To prove our point Cpec is a living example where we have isolated you in all its farms. Keep on crying nobody will listen to you except some formal statements. Recommend

  • Black Hawk
    Sep 22, 2016 - 10:45PM

    Bilal Khan: “India is turning into the best example of ‘tyranny of the majority’”

    That’s rich coming from the citizen of a country where there are hardly any minorities left & the ones left are persecuted on a daily basis & live in extreme fear. A country which has one of the worst record against its minorities has no right to point a finger at a secular democracy like India. Recommend

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