Pakistan Minister: India is sabotaging peace efforts

RSTV Bureau

File photo of Pak NSA Sartaj Aziz (PTI)

A week after India-Pakistan ties hit a new low, Pakistan has accused India of sabotaging peace efforts. Pakistan has also accused India of putting regional security and stability at stake by objecting to include the Kashmir issue in the bilateral dialouge.

Pakistan Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has said that his country wants peace in the region and friendly relations with the neighbours but unfortunately India failed to reciprocate on the matter.

“The Indian government’s objection over consultation with Kashmiri leaders was unjustified,” said Khan in a statement.

“The Kashmir issue was the major hurdle in the normalisation of relations between the two countries and establishment of peace in the region,” said Khan in London on Friday.

According to Khan, India needs to understand that the dialogue process cannot proceed further without a discussion on the Kashmir issue. He said that India was trying to sabotage the efforts for peace on one pretext or the other and thereby put regional security and stability at stake. He also added that Pakistan would never accept hegemony or dominance of any country in the region.

NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan were cancelled last week after Pakistan decided against sending their National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi for talks.

The proposed talks were called off because of differences over the agenda proposed by Islamabad. Both countries refused to compromise and stuck to their grounds. India insisted that the two must talk only on terror and that Kashmiri separatists should at no cost be made a party to the bilateral talks. On the other hand Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz insisted on meeting the Kashmiri separatists in India ahead of the talks. Pakistan said that they wanted to talk about all issues including Kashmir and terror.