‘Sharif for talks with In­dia with­out any pre­con­di­tions’

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NEWDELHI: Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has in­di­cated his coun­try was will­ing to have ne­go­ti­a­tions with In­dia with­out pre­con­di­tions for sus­tain­able peace in the re­gion, Pak­istani tele­vi­sion chan­nel Geo News re­ported.

While there was no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion from Pak­istan’s for­eign of­fice, the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry re­fused to com­ment on the re­port.

The Pak­istan tele­vi­sion chan­nel re­ported that Sharif had in­di­cated to his Bri­tish coun­ter­part David Cameron about talks with In­dia with­out any pre­con­di­tions which, if true, could mean a climb down by Is­lam­abad on the stalled di­a­logue be­tween the hos­tile neigh­bours. While Pak­istan main­tains that Kash­mir is the core is­sue in any talks be­tween the two coun­tries, In­dia in­sists it is ter­ror­ism. In­dia had called off talks be­tween the NSAs in Au­gust af­ter New Delhi took um­brage over the neigh­bour’s en­gage­ment with sep­a­ratist Hur­riyat con­fer­ence a day ahead of the di­a­logue.



Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in­di­cated to his UK coun­ter­part David Cameron about the talks with In­dia dur­ing their meet in Malta (left), re­ported Pak TV chan­nel Geo News.

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