On the day when both Norway and the UN chief Ban Ki-moon said they are ready to mediate between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, Islamabad sent another invite in the form of a reply to Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar for talks. On Friday night, Pakistan ignored India’s counter-offer to hold talks on cross-border terrorism and insisted on Kashmir in their second invite since Monday requesting Jaishankar to travel to Islamabad by end of this month.
In its second invite, Pakistan said that the talks should be held as per “as per the UN Security Council Resolutions”.
The UN chief had on Friday said that the violence and deaths in Kashmir was “deplorable
Reports say that in their reply Pakistan has also called for “an immediate end to the human rights violations against the innocent people” of Kashmir. The invite was handed over to Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale by Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry in Islamabad.
India had on Wednesday told Pakistan that talks can be held but not on Kashmir, stating that Islamabad has no locus standi in anything related to J&K.
The focus would be on cross-border terrorism, said New Delhi, in a response to Pakistan’s first invite. In the response, India told Pakistan not to incite the people of J&K to violence, prosecute terrorists like Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, not to give shelter to Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and shut down all terror camps operating in Pakistan. India had also asked Pakistan to give an update on the progress in the 26/11 trial in Pakistan and the Pathankot terror attack.
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary.
Yet continuing to hide its own skeletons behind the Kashmir card Pakistan sent its second invite in which it also asked for permission for its own doctors and paramedics to travel to Kashmir.
India has also maintained that the talks between the two countries must be held as per the framework of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore Declaration of February 1999. On Thursday, India pointed out how Pakistan started interfering in J&K in 1947, 1965 and in 1999. “More than three decades later, displaying a similar attitude, military personnel were infiltrated across the Line of Control in Kargil in 1999. This approach to India was reflected in support for terrorist activities in Jammu & Kashmir that continues to the present day,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He said that Pakistan had initially denied these acts but Pakistani leaders in charge of the attacks later admitted to it. One such leader was former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.