'Pak Wants De-Escalation Of Tensions'

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said that Pakistan wants de-escalation of tensions with India for the collective good of the entire region.

Radio Pakistan quoted Aziz as saying in an interview that no progress is visible in Pakistan-Indian relations until Narendra Modi is in power in New Delhi. However, Pakistan does not desire escalation of the situation.

Pakistan will continue diplomatic efforts for improvement of ties with India, Aziz said.

Asserting that Pakistan will never compromise on its principled stand on Kashmir, he said that they will continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris struggling to get their absolute right to self-determination.

Speaking on Afghanistan, Aziz said Pakistan will continue its reconciliatory role for bringing peace in the neighbouring country.


Modi, Sharif Playing Politics On Dead Bodies: Baloch Leader

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is using the issue of Kashmir to play politics and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using the issue of Balochistan to do the same, a former chief minister of Pakistan's province at an event in Karachi on Sunday.

"He [ Modi] has no interest in Balochistan or its people; his statements are just that: statements. Similarly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not interested in Kashmir or Kashmiris, either. Both the premiers are playing politics over dead bodies ," said Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) at the Karachi Press Club.

Mengal was chief minister of Balochistan from February 1997 to June 1998. He returned to Pakistan in March 2013, after his four-odd years of self-exile in Dubai.

Mengal termed PM Modi's recent comments highlighting Pakistan's oppression of the Baloch people as "just empty statements". As for the Pakistan PM's ongoing comments about Kashmir, he said: "Kashmir seems to be nearer to Islamabad than Balochistan as the leaders and the media listen to and quickly react to grievances of the Kashmiris."

Talking about Pakistan's accusation of India fomenting trouble in Balochistan, he said, "If there's Indian involvement in Balochistan then by all means fight against it. Why kill our own people to prove a point to India?"

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