Countering the criticism on Friday's talks between the Pakistani and Indian premiers, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that all the disputed matters were discussed in their meeting in Russia.
The minister, who noted that topics such as Kashmir, Sir Creek, and Siachen as disputed matters, told the media that these regional issues had been raised in the meeting.
Following Friday's talk between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Ufa on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), many on both sides of the border had criticised the lack of mention of Kashmir. Even in the joint communique by the foreign secretaries of both countries, released after the meeting, there was no explicit mention of Kashmir even as it called for resumption of the stalled dialogue and vowed progress on specific issues such as fishermen and the Mumbai trial case.
Talking to the state television on Saturday, Rashid described the talks in Russia as a good omen which could help resume the talks in the region.
He added said that India had asked the United Nations to isolate Pakistan. but China intervened and did not support this stance.
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The information further added that Modi had been invited to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, to be held in Pakistan, to resolve several regional issues.
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The two south Asian nuclear-tipped rivals agreed to revive the stalled dialogue process. According to a joint statement issued on Friday, a five-point plan was announced.
Further, the foreign secretary said a meeting will be held between DG BSF and DG Pakistan Rangers which will be followed by meetings between DGMOs.
“A meeting in New Delhi will be held between two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism,” he added, pointing to a thaw in relations.
Last year, foreign secretaries of both countries were due to meet in Islamabad, but ties worsened when India cancelled the talks.
Moreover, the United States on Friday welcomed the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Ufa, and the announcement for resumption of stalled dialogue.
“I wanted to welcome the meeting that took place earlier today between Prime Ministers Modi and Sharif,” State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters during the daily briefing in Washington.
The article originally appeared on Radio Pakistan
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