'Pak Ready for Talks if India Serious About Kashmir'

Baku: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday Pakistan is ready to hold dialogue with India if New Delhi is serious about resolving the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan had offered holding of talks on outstanding issues several times but India did not reciprocate, he said while talking to reporters in Baku before wrapping up a three-day visit to Azerbaijan.

He said Kashmir was main cause of unrest in the region and India must show seriousness for resolution of the issue and honour its commitment under United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Pakistan was committed to peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, he added.

The premier regretted Indian allegations that blamed Pakistan for the attack on an Indian army base camp in Uri.

He said India levelled allegations against Pakistan within six hours of the Uri incident, and reiterated that no infiltration took place across the Line of Control (LoC).

Soaring tensions

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement comes as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

Last month, India initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan after blaming it for the Sept 18 attack on the Uri army camp which killed 18 soldiers ? a claim which Pakistan has rejected.

Pakistan also rubbished India’s claim that it carried out “surgical strikes” on militants across the LoC.

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