Sharif may raise India-Pak issue with Obama next week

RSTV Bureau
NEW YORK: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. PTI Photo

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. PTI Photo

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to raise the issue of India-Pakistan tension when he meets US President Barack Obama next week.

“Yes, this issue (Pakistan-India stalled peace process) and several other issues would be discussed between the US President and PM Nawaz Sharif,” said Pakistan PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.

Sharif, who has been invited to the US by Obama, is expected to meet the US President on October 22 in Washington.

According to Aziz, Pakistan will also share with the US, the same dossiers that it submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last month. The dossiers allegedly contain “evidence” of India’s involvement in “subversive” activities. At the UNGA meet in New York last month, Pakistan accused India of sponsoring terrorist activities on its soil and claimed that India was not serious about peace talks.

On Tuesday Aziz again accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of allegedly supporting militants to destabilise Pakistan. And he blatantly rejected New Delhi’s assertion that Pakistan was supporting non-state actors in India.

Aziz also claimed that the rising tension between Pakistan and India was a threat to world peace.

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 focus on terror but Pakistan wanted to discuss the Kashmir issue, with the Kashmiri separatists as a party to the talks with India. Both these issues, India said, was not acceptable to it.

The crisis severely escalated when Sharif, in his speech at the UNGA raised the Kashmir issue and blamed India for derailing the peace process. A war of words continued where Sushma Swaraj hit back in her reply, strictly warning Pakistan, saying, terror and talks can’t go hand in hand.