No backdoor diplomacy with India: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Friday said no “backdoor” diplomacy was going on with India and the composite dialogue process between the two countries remained suspended.

“There is no backdoor or track-II diplomacy going on between Pakistan and India, as such kind of contacts were established on the desire of two sides,” Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Express News channel. India has always blamed Pakistan for militancy without any proof, Mr. Aziz claimed.

“India had the habit of blaming Pakistan after every terrorist incident in their country without providing any solid evidence,'' he alleged.

Mr. Aziz said the issue of Kashmir and the continued “human rights violations” there were the focus of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address at the United Nations General Assembly.

‘Isolation? no’

Mr. Aziz rejected the notion of Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation and claimed that his country was moving in the right direction, according to the state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan.

He said that with the major “realignments” under way at global and geo-strategic levels, Pakistan was moving in the right direction.

“Development of Eurasia by Russia and China, activation of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation), formation of AIB (Asian Investment Bank), etc., indicate major re-alignments,” he said.

‘Our ties with China their concern’

Mr. Aziz said the cause of concern in the western countries about Pakistan was its growing relations and cooperation with China.

He said Pakistan also enjoyed good bilateral ties with the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, the Middle East and other regions of the world.


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