Day before DG-meet, Pak gives conflicting signals

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Pakistan has once again criticised the Indian leadership, this time just on the eve of crucial DG-level talks between India and Pakistan. Pakistan PM’s advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to “dictate” terms for dialogue.

“Narendra Modi contested elections on an anti-Pakistan platform and now wants to dictate terms for the dialogue with Pakistan but we will never accept this and we have already conveyed it to New Delhi,” Aziz was quoted as saying by the prominent national daily of Pakistan.

Earlier last month, the posturing by Pakistan had led to the derailment of much anticipated NSA-level talks in New Delhi. The talks were cancelled as Pakistan insisted on hosting talks between the Kashmiri Separatist leaders and its NSA Sartaj Aziz, before the latter’s scheduled meeting with his counterpart Ajit Doval.

However for that too, the Pakistan establishment has brazenly put the blame on India.

“No dialogue with India can be successful without the Kashmir issue being part of the agenda,” Aziz was quoted as saying in the press.

The octogenarian official, believed to be the point person on crucial issues of national security and external affairs in the current Nawaz Sharif establishment, also categorically rejected India’s allegations about the presence of Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan.

Incidentally, Sartaj Aziz’s remarks has come a day before DG-level talks between Pakistan Rangers and Border Security Force scheduled to take place in New Delhi from September 9.

Terming the DG-level meet as a part of the Ufa declaration, made after the meeting of two Prime Ministers on the sidelines of SCO summit in Russia, Aziz further added that Pakistan would raise the issue of firing at the Line of Control (LoC).

“The meeting is aimed at reducing tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary…The issue of the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement will be raised at the meeting,” Mr Aziz said.

At the same time, Pakistan has begun to give conflicting signals on the crucial DG-meet with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi telling the China’s state-run Global Times that talks between India and Pakistan will not take place if New Delhi insists on “pre-conditions”.

“Never before in the history of Pakistan and India talks, has any side placed pre-conditions. If India insists on the pre-conditions, the talks cannot take place,” Fatemi said.

(With inputs from PTI/Agencies)