Stalled India talks to figure in Nawaz-Obama meeting

Published: October 13, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will discuss the persisting diplomatic deadlock between Pakistan and India with US President Barack Obama when the two leaders meet later this month.

Speaking to reporters at an event in the federal capital on Monday, Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security, said that hostilities between the two hyphenated but hostile neighbours were a threat to world peace.

In his speech at the annual UN General Assembly session in New York late last month, Premier Nawaz had spelled out a four-point peace roadmap with India. However, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was quick to rebuff the peace plan saying that “talks and terror cannot go together”.

Read: Obama, Nawaz agree to meet

There were also reports that backchannel efforts between the two sides on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to have some sort of bilateral meeting also failed as they disagreed on the modalities of such an interaction.

Aziz confirmed that Premier Nawaz during his meeting with President Obama on October 22 would raise the issue of the stalled peace process with India.

Roller coaster relations between Pakistan and India are at the lowest ebb. Peace prospects between the two neighbours had suffered a setback after the last-minute cancellation of a meeting between their national security advisers scheduled for late August. The two nations also had acrimonious exchanges at the UN General Assembly session.

Pakistan handed over three dossiers to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, detailing evidence of India’s involvement in fuelling terrorism in the country. Islamabad accuses New Delhi and its top intelligence agency, RAW, of bankrolling and supporting terrorists in Balochistan, Karachi and northwestern tribal regions.

Aziz said Pakistan would also share the dossiers with other friendly countries. He, however, dismissed allegations that Pakistan was supporting any state or non-state actors to launch attack against India. The prime minister has categorically said that Pakistan wanted to have peaceful ties with all its neighbours, including India. Aziz said Pakistan was ready for dialogue with India but without attaching any preconditions to it.

Growing anti-Pakistan rhetoric in India has already forced the cancellation of a concert in Mumbai by Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali. Far-right Indian extremist group Shev Sena has warned of disrupting functions of all Pakistani personalities visiting India.

Read: US expresses disappointment over cancellation of Pakistan, India peace talks

On Monday, the group’s activists threw black ink on an Indian organiser for hosting the launch of Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book in Mumbai. Hours later, the Foreign Office voiced serious concerns over the attempts by the Hindu group to disrupt such events.

“We have noted with concern the attempts to disrupt functions organised in respect of prominent Pakistani personalities on visit to India,” it said in a statement. “There is a need to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • chutadpaki
    Oct 13, 2015 - 8:41AM

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Instead of wasting your time on things like this,i would urge you to do something for pakistanis.Why dont you meet some american business man to invest them in pakistan for well being of pakistan people.India’s first quarter FDI was 30 billion $ and china was 28 billion $….if u get 10% of this in pakistan for complete year it will be good for your public..Practical thinking is the only solution and about kashmir i can only say..one great man said….things that were not won in war for e.g. 48,65,71,99….will never ever be won on table..full stop..Recommend

  • Shakti
    Oct 13, 2015 - 8:57AM

    Obama might read you the Law of Accession. Pak will have to leave PoK sooner than they had planned.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Oct 13, 2015 - 9:02AM

    The actual deadlock lies between Pakistani government and the military – maybe NS should discuss THAT with Obama.Recommend

  • Abdul Wani
    Oct 13, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Why do prominent personalities want to go to India for a book launch ?Recommend

  • Rabia
    Oct 13, 2015 - 11:56AM

    Keeping in view of cancelling NSA talks over Kashmir issue, India has never established a framework for dialogue with Pakistan based on good diplomacy and statesmanship, an awareness of history, and an acknowledgement that states can change over time. These things were the key to make the region peaceful, and that remain the key to tackling the risk of nuclear weapons in the future.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Oct 13, 2015 - 12:00PM

    So after failure of UN trick, now Nawaz Sharif is fooling Pakistanis by talking about this US trick. When will he realize that India under Modi does not tolerate any interference in this bilateral dispute. Today, nobody can pressure India.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Oct 13, 2015 - 12:10PM

    So after failure of UN trick, now Nawaz Sharif is fooling Pakistanis by talking about this US trick. When will he realize that India under Modi does not tolerate any interference in this bilateral dispute. Today, nobody can pressure India. No USA,No UN, No UK, No China No Russia.Absolutely no one can pressure India.Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Oct 13, 2015 - 12:43PM

    ” … Aziz said Pakistan was ready for dialogue with India but without attaching any preconditions to it. …”

    No conditions, but Kashmir will have to included in every discussions and we want access to the Separatists in Kashmir.
    Do you hear yourself Mr. Aziz or is the hearing impaired due to old age?Recommend

  • Prada
    Oct 13, 2015 - 12:49PM

    Why is Pak so desperate these days? It is this urgency that gives India reason to pause.Recommend

  • Wajahat Khan
    Oct 13, 2015 - 1:46PM

    India is reluctant about peace talks and under BJP government peace seems a distant cry.
    Pakistan has always extended political and diplomatic support to Kashmir’s in their struggle for right of self-determination. The government even offered a third party mediation to resolve the dispute if India is not willing to resolve it bilaterally. However, India did not want any foreign role in the matter nor is it willing to conduct a sustainable dialogue with Pakistan to resolve it bilaterally.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 13, 2015 - 2:01PM

    Who knows, the American President may offer to become the advisor for Sharifs after his term expires. Mr Sharif is known to be shopping for foreign advisors for hs remaining tme.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Kushal
    Oct 13, 2015 - 2:35PM

    @chutadpaki:
    “Why dont you meet some american business man to invest them in pakistan ”
    Actually there are worried, by doing so, Pakistan would absorb all of India’s FDI. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 13, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Its a pointless exercise………but then ‘ shopping zidabad ‘ is always a good plan B.Recommend

  • Milind dave
    Oct 13, 2015 - 4:09PM

    As per advisor Pakistani PM will raise stalled process of peace with India . Now question is will USA dictate policy for India and force Indian government come on table do you think your country who take money from them and also order will USA ready to loose their position in India for sake of your very volatile and unmaturated attitude as again you play N word and try to terrified world but it is highly discounted no one pay their attention on your so called threat and we are independent. Country and will not tolerate any intervention from any country but for your case we can say Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Oct 13, 2015 - 7:10PM

    Last time I remember, NS went to US to beg for help after Kargil fiasco. Now is going prior to something. Is Gen Raheel upto something?Recommend

  • Aloha
    Oct 13, 2015 - 7:57PM

    The problem can wait another 70 years. What is the hurry? There won’t be a problem anymore.Recommend

  • Girish
    Oct 13, 2015 - 8:24PM

    Mr Sharif should actually consider Dubai for shopping tours. Much better shopping place than US.
    And he needs to stop this veiled threat to ‘world peace’ because he is not able to deal with his deep state and army. He better bother about peace in Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Oct 13, 2015 - 9:56PM

    nawaz would most probably complain to Master Obama that he wants

    Pakistan to be a proxy of india just like Bhuton but is facing

    problems from Pakistan Army. He would also

    highlight his (sharif) family’s increasing

    business interests in india to

    prove his loyalty to india

    and America.Recommend

  • cautious
    Oct 14, 2015 - 1:17AM

    Article is for domestic consumption. USA has NEVER indicating it’s interested in mediating the India/Pakistan dispute. It’s always advised that negotiations are better than war … and that’s about it. Ain’t no way Obama is going to carry this ball. Recommend

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