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Dialogue with India should not be just for sake of it: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Thursday said that it was willing to engage with India in a fresh ‘result-oriented and sustainable’ session of talks on major issues including Kashmir.

“We always welcome offers of mediation by friendly countries including the United States, China and Iran, and the UN Secretary General for the resolution of Kashmir issue,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria during a weekly press briefing in the capital today.

However, he clarified that “dialogue should not be just for the sake of dialogue”, rather it should be sustainable and the result- oriented for the ultimate resolution of the Kashmir conflict according to resolutions of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Zakaria also expressed concerns over continued violation of human rights in the held-Kashmir by the Indian forces and said that Pakistan looked forward to the international community to make certain “India stops the bloodshed in Kashmir and engages in dialogue”.

Replying to a question regarding India’s mistaken approach at the Heart of Asia Conference, recently held in India, he said New Delhi resorted to negativity in the Amritsar conference to hide its crimes in the troubled valley which also exposed India’s commitment to the calls of peace in Afghanistan, he added.

“Pakistan has been taking indiscriminate action against all terrorist groups,” the FO spokesperson told media while giving a response to the accusations levelled by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the Heart of Asia Conference.

On few unconfirmed reports that the United States (US) was considering transferring F-16 aircraft technology to India, Zakaria said Pakistan was against any sort of arms race in the region as it always favoured utilisation of the region’s resources for its prosperity and development.



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