In an attempt to hit back, Pakistan has blamed India for the unrest and terror on its soil.
Pakistan claims to have handed over dossiers that contain “evidence” of India’s alleged involvement in creating unrest and terror attacks in Pakistan. The dossiers apparently include details of alleged “Indian interference and support for terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi as well as its security and intelligence agencies’ link with the Tehrike-e-Taliban especially in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas)”.
Countering Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UN, Pakistan has claimed that the Kashmir issue is a core issue and will always be on top of the agenda on any bilateral dialogue.
“Using the terrorism bogey, India has not only stalled the bilateral dialogue but also vitiated the overall atmosphere between the two countries..The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be cast aside by empty rhetoric. It has been and will always be on top of the agenda of any talks between India and Pakistan….It is therefore disingenuous of India to ignore the serious peace initiative proposed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan from this august forum,” said UN Bilal, the Counselor in Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the Ahmad. Pakistan exercised its Right to Respond at the UNGA to respond to Sushma Swaraj’s speech.
Not just that, Pakistan also claimed that India was not serious about talks with Pakistan.
“India’s insistence to limiting the talks to a one-point agenda proves that it is neither interested nor serious in engaging in a genuine dialogue,” Bialal said.
He also accused India of failing to bring to justice perpetrators of terrorism against civilians in the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings. Sushma Swaraj in her speech, had said that the masterminds of the 26/11 attacks were roaming free in Pakistan.
India-Pakistan ties suffered a major blow in August 2015, when NSA-level talks between the two sides were cancelled over difference in agenda of talks. India insisted that the talks should on focus on terror but Pakistan wanted to discuss the Kashmir issue, with the Kashrimi separatists as a party to the talks. Both these issues, India said were not acceptable.
Cross border firing also continues along the Line of Control and the International Border between the two sides.
(With inputs from PTI)