Kashmir issue to be tackled through back-channel diplomacy: Aziz

Aziz says Nawaz, Modi agreed to resolve outstanding issues of Kashmir, Siachen, and Sir Creek during Russia meeting


Web Desk July 12, 2015
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday Pakistan and India have decided to resolve the longstanding disputes of Kashmir, Siachen, and Sir Creek through ‘back-channel diplomacy’.

“Both leaders were of the opinion that for lasting peace the way forward was to address the outstanding issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek,” Aziz said, regarding the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Ufa, Russia on Friday.

"The two sides also agreed to take up these issues under the back-channel Track-II mechanism for better understanding of each other's point of view," Aziz added.

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Aziz's statement comes after backlash from opposition parties over not mentioning the Kashmir dispute in a joint statement issued by the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India after Russia talks.

The two south Asian nuclear-tipped rivals agreed to revive the stalled dialogue process, according to a joint statement issued on Friday.

Further, claiming the meeting between the two leaders was held in a good atmosphere as both sides upheld peace in the region was vital for progress, Aziz said, “The two sides believe in combating poverty, instead of fighting each other.”

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Aziz pointed out that the meeting was useful in lessening tension and for better understanding of each other’s point of view.

“The first priority is to lessen tensions on the Line of Control and the two sides have agreed to activate the mechanism of meetings between the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers,” he added.

Further, the United States has welcomed the meeting between the two premiers and the announcement for resumption of stalled dialogue.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India

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Khan | 5 years ago | Reply It is widely known that Manmohan Singh and Musharraf already came to a tentative resolution on Kashmir that involved some degree of joint control and autonomy for the region, as well as conversion of the LOC into a soft border over which Indian and Pakistani citizens could visit both sides of Kashmir. Border checkpoints would not be on LOC, but would be between Kashmir and Pakistan/India to ensure that Indians entering Pakistan Kashmir cannot enter Pakistan's other provinces, and vice versa. That way Pakistanis could easily visit Jammu, but would still need visas to travel from Jammu to Amritsar. Indians could visit Mirpur and Muzaffarabad without visa, but could not simply travel on towards Sialkot or Lahore without a visa. Although with peace, I'm sure that India and Pakistan would eventually drop visa requirements or implement a visa-on-arrival scheme. This will probably be the "solution" if we ever see one. It is almost the perfect solution given the ground realities. It will be difficult for Pakistan to press for more, and difficult for India to offer less now that previous governments had already agreed to a solution in spirit. Even Modi knows he can't just invade Pakistan Kashmir, and BJP knows that Kashmiris want peace with Pakistan more than they want integration with India. We could have resolved this in 2008 if our Qadri-loving lawyers didn't agitate at exactly the wrong time.
miristan | 5 years ago | Reply Pakistan do not have a foreign Minster, guys who should have retired long time ago are the adviser of foreign ministry.this guy is Aziz is a spokesman of ministry or a chumcha of Nawaz. All negotiation should be open straightforward no hidden agenda,We are talking about the slavery of Kamaries in 21st century.
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