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India not responding ‘positively’ despite Pakistan’s initiatives, Qureshi tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that India is not ready to respond ‘positively’ despite Pakistan’s initiatives, ARY News reported.

Expressing his views at the floor of the National assembly, he said there is no way out except for negotiation when it comes to relations between the two nuclear countries Pakistan and India.

Opening of the Kartarpur crossing was aimed to convey message to India that Pakistan wants peace in the region, but India responded negatively, and denying to hold talks, as elections coming nearer there.

He said that Pakistan wants enduring peace in the region and the Afghan peace process needs every party’s participation.

Expressing grief and agony over the Afghan government’s attitude, the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Kabul is reluctant to provide the details of Pakistani inmates in their jails.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the government made several contacts with the Afghan officials over the prisoners’ issue but they did not give any satisfactory response.

He said that Afghanistan government refused to give counselor access to the Pakistani prisoners and added that they even rejected to provide the details of allegations on the inmates.

Whereas Pakistan provides full cooperation to the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, he concluded.

It is pertinent to mention here that the police and civil administration had been kept waiting at the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, on November 14, to receive from Afghanistan the body of a police officer who was kidnapped from Islamabad

SP Tahir Khan Dawar, the head of Peshawar police’s rural circle, was kidnapped from G-10/4 area of the federal capital on Oct 26 and found dead in Afghanistan.

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