While it seems that India and Pakistan are still far behind from reaching a solution on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri said that both the countries were about to reach a “framework” on Kashmir during UPA-I rule and both sides even had decided not to proclaim “victory” post the announcement, reports NDTV
Speaking during a discussion on ‘Improving Indo-Pak relations’ in New Delhi, Khurshid said:
“We were about to reach a solution on Kashmir, a framework. Solution could only be arrived at by cabinets and Parliament. We could only provide a framework. But we were trying to deliver something.”
Khurshid Kasuri, who was the Foreign Minister during the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf between 2001 to 2008, said:
“The framework was the outcome of three years of ‘hardwork’ by the then Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf and India’s then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but it did not materialise due to subsequent internal turmoil in Pakistan in 2007. “
Further emphasising on the need for talks, the former minister said:
The Ufa (Russia) meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif and the subsequent joint-statement were not “properly managed”. But the positive side of Ufa was that the two countries met.