No talks with In­dia sans Kash­mir on agenda: Sar­taj

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The prime min­is­ter's ad­viser of na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz once again clar­i­fied on Mon­day that there could be no talks with In­dia with­out Kash­mir on the agenda.

Days af­ter the sched­uled NSA-level talks be­tween the two coun­tries col­lapsed, Aziz cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected the per­cep­tion that Pak­istan's armed forces were not will­ing to open di­a­logue be­tween the two arch-ri­vals.

"There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the Pak­istan Army and the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship. As far as Kash­mir is con­cerned not only the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, the whole na­tion is united that we can­not talk to In­dia with­out Kash­mir," said Aziz while ex­clu­sively talk­ing to CNN-IBN. The meet­ing was agreed upon by the prime min­is­ters of the two coun­tries in their meet­ing on the side­lines of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Rus­sian city of Ufa last month.

When asked if he would pro­pose a meet­ing be­tween NSA ad­vis­ers of the two coun­tries at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly ses­sion in New York, he said, "We are not go­ing to pro­pose that, but if In­dia pro­poses then we'll see." Aziz said he will ex­change the dossiers of In­dian spy agency RAW's in­volve­ment with Pak­istan, even if he doesn't get a chance for a meet­ing with Ajit Dowal, the In­dian na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser. De­spite the talks be­ing called off, the NSA ad­viser said the meet­ing be­tween the DGMOs and the DG BSF and Pak­istan Rangers will go ahead.

"The BSF meet­ing is con­firmed for Septem­ber 6, and they have al­ready had a pre­lim­i­nary meet­ing to dis­cuss the agenda," he said. "DGMO talks hap­pen ev­ery week any­way and they can agree among them­selves when­ever they want to meet."

Mean­while, Aziz de­nied Pak­istan had been pro­vided any ev­i­dence on the pres­ence of Da­wood Ibrahim in the coun­try, or the coun­try's in­volve­ment in Gur­daspur at­tacks. "What co-op­er­a­tion? I mean they, let them pro­vide. On Gur­daspur noth­ing has been pro­vided. If they pro­vide - we will take ac­tion," he said. "In­dia is al­ways us­ing the media to tar­get and point fin­gers at Pak­istan with­out pro­vid­ing any­thing. In my two years, I have not seen any ev­i­dence be­ing pro­vided on these two is­sues."

Last month, gun­men dressed in mil­i­tary fa­tigues killed at least 10 peo­ple, in­clud­ing three civil­ians, in In­dia's Punjab state be­fore be­ing shot dead in a 12-hour­long gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in a small-town po­lice sta­tion near the bor­der with Pak­istan.

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