Not desperate to resume peace talks with India: Sartaj Aziz‘Pakistan will raise Kashmir issue at int’l forums, including UN’

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Not desperate to resume peace talks with India: Sartaj Aziz‘Pakistan will raise Kashmir issue at int’l forums, including UN’

A top Pakistani diplomat has said that his country is not desperate to resume talks with India which suffered a hit after the attack on Pathankot airbase.
There is no restlessness on the Pakistani side for a dialogue, Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser on Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was quoted as saying in a news report on Monday. But, he quickly added, if South Asia had to see peace, there had to be “coordination first”.
Aziz also said that India never opened a window of opportunity for dialogue and goodwill with Pakistan. The Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying that all the developments in this regard were sabotaged when the talks between the countries were postponed after the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in January.
“It is a very strange thing to say as it was decided here on December 9 that the dialogue will resume but then the Pathankot incident occurred and everything vanished into thin air,” Aziz said.
Azia was speaking during Geo News show ‘Naya Pakistan’. He referred to Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement on the “slowly closing” window of goodwill and dialogue with Pakistan.
Parrikar had said that Pakistan separates terrorists between “good ones and bad ones”. He asserted on Saturday that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened a window of goodwill and dialogue with Pakistan, it was now closing as doubts remained about Islamabad’s sincerity in tackling terrorism.
Four terrorists were killed when they carried out a suicide attack on the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot during the intervening night of January 1-2. Seven security personnel were also killed during the 80-hour-long gun battle.
The Pathankot air base was attacked by heavily armed terrorists during the intervening night of January 1-2reportedly having allegiance to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in which four terrorists and three security forces personnel were killed.
“They (India) say they will talk if we (Pakistan) make some progress on terrorism but we say that they (India) should talk on all issues including Kashmir. The whole world agrees that India and Pakistan should have composite dialogue,” said Aziz.
He said Pakistan would raise Kashmir issue on all international forums including the United Nations.
Pakistan had been conducting intensive discussions on the Kashmir issue at various forums and its policy on the subject was very clear, he added.
He however said that there was a need for resumption of composite dialogue between Pakistan and India. “India’s concern over terrorism was included as a component of the composite dialogue while Pakistan wanted inclusion of all issues including Kashmir”, he told a Pakistan TV channel.
The Adviser said Pakistan had the stance that all the outstanding issues, including Kashmir, should be discussed.
He made it clear that India’s attempts to change demography of Kashmir would not be successful as protests were being held against its policies there.

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