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India is the biggest irritant to peace in the region: Nisar tells Johnson

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LONDON: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterated their commitment to work hand in hand for promoting peace in the region and consolidating Pak-UK relations and taking them to a higher level.

The interior minister said that Islamabad has always given importance to its relationship with London, since both Pakistan and UK share common foreign policy goals on many fronts.

Nisar maintained that India has closed its doors for talks putting regional security at risk. He also raised the issue of Indian involvement in the internal affairs of Pakistan, terming India as the biggest irritant to peace in the region.

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He said Pakistan will not be brow beaten by such tactics, and the brazen and unprovoked killing of soldiers will not go unchallenged.  He put the onus for the deterioration of Indo-Pak relations squarely on India.

Regarding the Kashmir issue, Nisar said that Pakistan is ready to discuss the issue of Kashmir without conditions. He said Pakistan would continue to support the just rights of the Kashmiri people and their struggle.

Over the issue of Afghanistan he emphasised that despite Pakistan’s sincere efforts for building peace and stability in Afghanistan, the response from the Afghan side has been marked with unfounded suspicion and baseless allegations.

Chaudhry Nisar said that international community should acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan made for a peaceful Afghanistan since it would also be beneficial for peace in the entire region.

British Foreign Secretary appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani government and its role in the region and for peace and development in Afghanistan.

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