Pak reaf­firms Kash­mir as core is­sue

Re­fuses to give con­sular ac­cess to cap­tured Yadev

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NEW DELHI—In a clear mes­sage to In­dia, Pakistan For­eign Sec­re­tary Aizaz Chaudhry on Tues­day told his In­dian coun­ter­part S. Jais­hankar that Pakistan can­not give con­sular ac­cess to ap­pre­hended RAW agent Kulb­hushan Yadev.

Jadev, an In­dian Navy of­fi­cer and agent of the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing, was cap­tured near Chaman town on March 3 this year. He has al­ready con­fessed to in­volve­ment in sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in Pakistan in a video re­leased by the au­thor­i­ties.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with Jais­hankar on the side­lines of Heart of Asia Con­fer­ence in New Delhi, Aizaz Chaudhry stated that the In­dian spy was be­ing in­ter­ro­gated in the light of his con­fes­sional statement, thus, con­sular ac­cess can­not be granted as it is mat­ter of the na­tional se­cu­rity, sources told.

Ex­press­ing se­ri­ous concern over the RAW‘s in­volve­ment in sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in Balochis­tan and Karachi, he said such acts un­der­mine ef­forts to nor­mal­ize re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Kash­mir re­mains a core is­sue that re­quires a “just so­lu­tion un­der United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) res­o­lu­tions and wishes of the peo­ple of the val­ley”, Aizaz Chaudhry told his In­dian coun­ter­part .

Aizaz Chaudhry also con­veyed concern over the ef­forts by the In­dian au­thor­i­ties for the re- lease of the prime sus­pects of the Samjhauta Ex­press blasts.

He pointed that de­spite re­peated re­quests In­dia had not shared with Pakistan the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­ports of Samjhauta in­ci­dent in which 42 Pak­ista­nis had lost their lives.

He said that the good­will gen­er­ated by the re­cent high level con­tacts the two coun­tries should re­main com­mit­ted to a sus­tained mean­ing­ful and com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue process.

The For­eign Sec­re­tary un­der­scored the need for early com­mence­ment of com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue for which the In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary’s visit to Pakistan is due.

He also un­der­scored Pakistan’s com­mit­ment for friendly re­la­tions with all its neigh­bours in­clud­ing In­dia in line with the vi­sion of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif.

On the other hand, In­dia asked Pakistan to rein in ter­ror­ist groups op­er­at­ing from its soil and tar­get­ing In­dia, ex­press­ing dis­sat­is­fac­tion with action taken so far against sus­pects of an at­tack on the Pathankot air force base in Jan­uary.

“In­dia’s FS (for­eign sec­re­tary) em­pha­sised the need for early and vis­i­ble progress on the Pathankot ter­ror­ist at­tack in­ves­ti­ga­tion as well as the Mum­bai case trial in Pakistan,” In­dian Ex­ter­nal Affairs Min­istry spokesman Vikas Swarup

said. Ter­ror­ist groups based in Pakistan must not be al­lowed to op­er­ate with im­punity, the MEA said in a statement.

S Jais­hankar told Aizaz Chaud­hary, that it “can­not be in de­nial” on the im­pact of ter­ror­ism on the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

“All out­stand­ing is­sues, in­clud­ing the Jammu and Kash­mir dis­pute came un­der discussion,” ac­cord­ing to the For­eign Of­fice. The for­eign sec­re­tary em­pha­sised Kash­mir re­mains the core is­sue that re­quires just so­lu­tion un­der United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions and wishes of the Kash­miri peo­ple.

Mean­while, Jais­hankar em­pha­sised the need for early and vis­i­ble progress on Pathankot as­sault probe as well as Mum­bai at­tack trial in Pakistan, a press re­lease is­sued by In­dia’s min­istry of ex­ter­nal affairs said.

The In­dian diplo­mat also pressed for a con­sular ac­cess to Yadev, an In­dian spy in cus­tody of law en­force­ment agen­cies in Pakistan. Dis­cus­sions also cov­ered hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues, in­clud­ing those per­tain­ing to fishermen and pris­on­ers, and peo­ple to peo­ple con­tacts.

NEW DELHI: Pakistan For­eign Sec­re­tary Aizaz Chaudhry and In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary S. Jais­hankar shak­ing hands be­fore start of meet­ing

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