Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said India would be blamed by Islamabad if the talks scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Sunday and Monday are not held.
Briefing newspersons, Aziz said India was responsible for the cancellation of the foreign secretary-level talks that were scheduled to be held on August 25, 2014, and added that New Delhi would also be held responsible if the talks of August 23 and 24, 2015 were cancelled.
The reason for this regretful second cancellation, if it happens, will be the same, said Aziz.
India having made it clear that a meeting between the separatists and Aziz was not acceptable to it, the scheduling of the Geelani-Aziz meeting introduced a new twist into the drama.
India has conveyed to Pakistan that it remains committed to talks but the ‘new unilateral’ conditions imposed by it cannot be the basis for ‘going forward.’ India had made it clear to Pakistan that a meeting between the separatists and Sartaj Aziz was unacceptable.
Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria met NSA Ajit Doval on Saturday, according to reports. In their meeting, Maria reportedly provided proof to Doval showing Dawood Ibrahim’s hand in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Dawood’s alleged involvement in the 26/11 attacks will be reportedly brought up during NSA talks between Doval and Pakistan Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Bilal Lone and separatist leader Shabir Shah detained at Delhi airport.
Kashmiri separatist leader Shabbir Shah, was detained on Saturday on arrival at the Delhi airport and will not be allowed to meet Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz here tomorrow. As soon as he deplaned, central security agencies along with Delhi Police asked him about the place where he would be staying in Delhi and later drove him there.
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Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday said that whenever Kashmir is a topic of discussion, the people of J&K should be involved.
“Much to the dismay of people of Jammu and Kashmir, again India and Pakistan are headed for a deadlock. People of Kashmir are main stake-holders, whenever Kashmir issue comes, Govt of India needs to understand it’s issue of people. Whenever India and Pakistan have to move forward on Kashmir, they have to take along the people of J&K. There are double standards as far as approach of Indian Govt towards Kashmir issue is concerned, specially Hurriyat,” he said.
Speaking to ANI, Yasin Malik said that Kashmiri people will never surrender their ownership of Kashmir.
“Kashmiri people are real owners of Kashmir, they will not surrender their ownership. We were having hopes that issue will be resolved through dialogue process but its becoming a murky situation. People of Kashmir will continue their struggle until they achieve their goal of freedom,” he said.
After External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stressed that only terror issues will be discussed in the upcoming NSA talks with Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh too repeated the same at an event in Lucknow.
Sushma Swaraj added that talks with Pakistan will only take place if they agree to India’s position.
“Pakistan has time till midnight to assure that the talks will be on terrorism. The talks will only be held once we get Pakistan’s reply,” Swaraj said.
She further added, “No NSA talks doesn’t mean India and Pakistan dialogue will cease forever. Pakistan needs to understand what we are saying.”
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At the press conference, Sushma Swaraj confirmed that India will stick to the issue of terror only; any other issue will be discussed later.
“There will be no room for third parties; talks will be on terror only. The issues that Pakistan is wanting to talk about, will be touched upon only after terror and violence is discussed.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday addressed media on India-Pakistan NSA talks.
At the press conference she said, “Not all interactions between India and Pakistan can be considered ‘dialogue’. At Ufa, PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had agreed upon discussinf terrorism and maintaining peace on the border. ”
She further added that at Ufa three meetings were decided. One was between DG BSF anf Pakistan Rangers for peace at the border, the other was of DGMOs for ceasefire violations. The third meeting was the NSA level talks on terror.
Former Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha reacts on Aziz’s press conference
I have heard Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz’s statement and I am not at all surprised by that statement. In sheer shamelessness there is no other country which can match Pakistan. We should just tell Mr.Sartaj Aziz that he is not welcome and put an end to this ongoing drama.
“Don’t expect that there will be a breakthrough in NSA-level talks but it will help evolve a mechanism to address issues. Since Prime Minister Modi has come to power they want dialogue on their terms and conditions without Kashmir which is not possible for us,” said Sartaj Aziz
Aziz also said that cancellation is not yet confirmed from either side, so they were ready to go as per schedule without any pre-condition.”No serious dialogue is possible with India unless Kashmir is included,” he said.
I am still prepared to go to New Delhi without any pre-condition: Sartaz Aziz
Addressing the media ahead of NSA talks, Pakistan NSA Sartaz Aziz said that he is still prepared to go to New Delhi without any pre-condition.
Aziz Said, “Last year India canceled talks between the Foreign Secretaries scheduled for 25th August 2014 in Islamabad. The reason for this regretful second cancellation, if it happens, will be the same. ”
He further added, “It was India which introduced a new condition with its advice that Pakistan could not meet Hurriyat leaders. On my part I’m still prepared to go to New Delhi for NSA talks without any pre-condition.”
Stating that they were very disturbed about the arrest of Hurriyat leaders, Aziz said, “It is violation of their fundamental rights. There is no deviation from the agenda agreed in Ufa to be discussed. India is wrong in saying that Kashmir is not part of UFA act,” said Aziz
He further said thet he will be carrying three dossiers on India’s RAW activities in Pakistan, “He said, “If I don’t get opportunity to hand over the dossiers to Indian NSA in New Delhi, I hope to give it to him in New York next month if he comes.”
Dialogue only on terror: Rajnath Singh
The agenda for Indo-Pak NSA level talks was agreed upon in Ufa, Pakistan must not deviate from this agenda. We are willing to hold dialogue with pakistan on issue of terror, only terror.
Salman Khurshid slams government
Slamming the government, Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “I don’t know what is purpose of talks and where will the talks take us when we are unable to talk amongst ourselves. Has government talked to opposition, to people who have handled Pakistan policy for years? Government running a policy based on 2-3 people who think they will pull out a rabbit out of hat; it’s very disappointing policy.
CPI (M) slams Government for being confused about its Pak policies
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) criticised the BJP-led NDA government for being confused about its policies on Pakistan.
We can’t change the neighbour. Only the dialogues can resolve the issues, but this government is confused about its policies on Pakistan, says CPI(M) leader Bindra Karat.
Indo-Pak dialogue should continue. The government must address the cross border terrorism that includes the infiltration in the forthcoming NSA-level talks, she added.
Responding to a question on separatist, Karat said: ?the separatist is a different issue and it must not be added to Indo-Pak dialogue.
Uncertainty over NSA level talks continue: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do a press conference in Islamabad later today.
Being adamant about meeting Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz, Shabbir Shah said that they will not back out of the talks between India and Pakistan.
We will meet Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz ji tomorrow at the Pakistan House in the evening. We have been going since 25 years to meet with Pakistan, be it, NDA Government led by Atal ji or UPA, Shah told media.
Asserting that peaceful dialogue is the only way to resolve issues, he said, “If India doesn’t hold talks how will peace be established in South-Asia. We will not back out. We will go to Delhi and meet them. It is important for us to go so that we can seek answers from Pakistan’s side also, he added.
Amid war of words, separatist leader Shabir Shah leaves for Delhi to meet Pakistan NSA Sartaz Aziz.