Pak-India talks complete failure: Hashmi

Ppi July 18, 2010

MULTAN: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Javed Hashmi said on Saturday that the recent talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan had proven to be a complete failure.

“Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi failed in articulating Pakistan’s point of view at the talks,’’ Hashmi told newsmen on Saturday.  The federal lawmaker further said that during the meetings, Qureshi legitimised Indian Kashmir’s state government by calling it an elected government, thereby failing to convey Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir clearly. “He (Qureshi) spoke about Kashmiris’ struggle only in the context of human rights and that too not convincingly,” Hashmi said.

He said that during the India-Pakistan talks, the foreign minister was unsuccessful in proving Indian involvement in destabilising the province and Fata. The PML-N leader accused the federal government of abandoning the composite dialogue process with India.‘‘If we focus more only on those issues which India gives importance to and ignore those considered important by Pakistan, then I don’t think talks can move forward. Progress is only possible if we move forward on all issues,” Hashmi stressed.

Meanwhile Interior minister Rehman Malik has said that the meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan have not failed adding that this is a rumour circulated by the media.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2010.


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