India ready for talks with Pakistan, but wants focus on terrorism

Protesters stage a rally in Chaman against Indian premier’s remarks on Balochistan

“Pakistan has no locus standi in respect of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of our nation”, he said.

The letter also recalled the repeated attempts made by Pakistan against India, sending armed raiders to Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 and 1965, infiltration of military personnel across the Line of Control at Kargil and continued support of terrorist activities.

“Foreign Secretary also said that he looks forward to discussing with his counterpart the earliest possible vacation of Pakistan’s illegal occupation of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”, the spokesperson said.

“They are on the streets themselves”, the Pakistan Muslim League-N lawmaker said of the protests against Modi.

The Indian response was handed over to Pakistan by Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Gautam Bambawale.

The spokesman said Pakistan always raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the annual UNGA session and mentioned Sharif’s speech during last year’s session “where he strongly highlighted the internationally recognised dispute”.

The Pakistani government is said to be facing strong hostility among the people of Balochistan ever since the country came into existence in 1947.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should first account for the alleged “atrocities” committed by India in Kashmir before talking about Balochistan, Pakistan’s main Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto said on Wednesday (Aug 17) and vowed to maintain the country’s sovereignty at every cost.

He explained that India has been concerned about the developments in Balochistan for sometime and officials have been expressing concern.

Inu also accused Pakistan of exporting terror and asked it to ponder over what it wants to achieve by promoting cross-border terrorism in South Asia.

Criticising Pakistan’s comments on Kashmir unrest, Alok said Pakistan is no one to make comments on the situation in Kashmir and the Indian Government should not only reject it, but should also “ridicule” and “condemn” Pakistan on worldwide platforms.

Bugti said, “I thank the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi sahab for speaking about the Balochistan problem”.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had appealed to both India and Pakistan to grant his team access to Kashmir.

“I swear on the blood of the dead, wherever these terrorists are, we will hunt them down”. Pakistan’s offer over the weekend to send relief supplies to people in Kashmir annoyed India further.