India virtually turned down Pakistan’s proposal that it will invite India for a dialogue on J&K as India made it clear that it will talk only on “contemporary and relevant” issues. India also said that the talks will begin after Pakistan stopped supporting cross-border terrorism.
“India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism, infiltration of terrorists like Bahadur Ali…Incitement to violence and terrorism across the border, parading of internationally recognised terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, and sincere follow up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation in Pakistan,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Swarup said this while referring to a statement made by Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. Aziz had said that Pakistan would invite India for a dialogue on Jammu & Kashmir. He also said that Pakistan Foreign Secretary will write to his Indian counterpart on the matter.
“Our Foreign Secretary would formally be writing to his counterpart in this regard,” Aziz said at a media briefing. Aziz also spoke about the Pakistan’s Envoys Conference held on August 1 -3 to deliberate on major foreign policy challenges of Pakistan and make recommendations.
At a separate event, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “Unlike in the past we cannot agree that dialogue with sponsor and supporters of terrorism should carry on without being linked to action in that regard”, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.
“Threat of terrorism dominates global concerns today. It is an issue which has confronted Indian diplomacy for many years because of its cross border manifestation…Unlike in the past we cannot agree that dialogue with sponsor and supporters of terrorism should carry on without being linked to action in that regard. At the international level we are also putting the spotlight on early conclusion of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism,” Sushma said while attacking Pakistan.
(With inputs from PTI)