Pak Asks World To Press India For Kashmir Talks

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday reiterated its stance on Kashmir dispute and urged India to sit with Pakistan for the resolution of all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told reporters, “Pakistan wants to resolve the dispute through dialogue as it is imperative for development of the region and welfare of people.”

She said Pakistan wanted international community to convince India for resumption of composite dialogue, therefore Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his recent statement clarified that Pakistan wants to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue with India through dialogue process but India is reluctant to do so, therefore, common friends like United States should force India to come to the negotiating table to resolve the dispute.

She said Jammu and Kashmir issue is still on the agenda of Security Council of the United Nations and presence of UN military group across Line of Control in Kashmir indicated that this is internationally recognized dispute and it is not the internal matter of India.

The spokesperson said people of the two countries should get the benefit of the trade and economic ties.

Regarding Narendra Modi’s statements, the spokesperson said it is unfortunate that Pakistan becomes an issue of election campaign in India. 

She said Pakistan strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. On the issue of drone attacks, the spokesperson hoped that United States will maintain its recent policy on drones as they are counterproductive. 

She said there has been a broad international consensus against drones. Referring to EU Parliament’s resolution, she told it demands from all European countries to refrain from becoming party on drone strikes.

In reply to a question regarding Bangladesh government’s directive for its cricket spectators, she said it is a matter to be looked into by the International Cricket Council. 

She said spectators are well-aware of their feelings and can better decide about their support for any country.

Commenting on the reports publish in an American newspaper, about shifting of Al-Qaeda leadership from Pakistan to Syria, the spokesperson said there has been no proof that Al-Qaeda leadership is moving to Syria from Pakistan and reports published in the newspaper is baseless and wrong.

The American newspaper while quoting Director of CIA John Brennan said that dozens of militant fighters, including some mid-level planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months.

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