Willing to talk on terror but not Kashmir, India tells Pakistan

Syed Mehdi Shah condemns Modi's statement

Srinagar based human rights defender group on Thursday impressed upon Indian and Pakistani authorities to allow United Nations team to visit Kashmir. "However, MEA will do what it has to because after all people of PoK are also our people", he said.

Jaishankar wrote to Chaudhry, accepting the invitation for a visit to Islamabad, but made it clear that "the discussions should focus first on the more pressing aspects of the Jammu and Kashmir situation", according to Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

The invitation was offered as a result of war of words between both countries amid tension in bilateral ties over the problem.

Asked about the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson's statement that Prime Minister Modi crossed the "red line" by talking about Balochistan, Swarup said: "I find this an extraordinary remark from a senior functionary of Pakistan that recognises no red lines in its own diplomacy".

HuffPost India's contributing editor Shivam Vij commented in his column for the website yesterday that by bringing up Balochistan in response to Pakistan's activism in the turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, India hopes to put the Pakistani government on the back-foot.

"The Indian government fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan", Zehri alleged, adding "it is deeply involved in sponsoring elements like Brahamdagh Bugti, Haerbyar Marri, Zamran Marri and Allah Nazar".

Ex-Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah condemned the Modi's statement.

He said most of the UN Security Council members had already been taken onboard on the continued violation of human rights in Indian-held Kashmir. Noting that India has faced a number of cross-border infiltrations and attacks, Jaishankar said during one such assault a Pakistani terrorist was also caught, clearly showing the neighbour's involvement. And this is not just India's view.

At least 64 people have died and thousands been injured in clashes with security forces that have been denounced by Pakistan, which also claims the right to rule Jammu & Kashmir in a territorial dispute that dates back to partition in 1947. Same day in New Delhi, Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Pakistan will continue extending diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of J&K till they get their right to self-determination.



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