Pakistan says no dialogue with India unless all issues on agenda
Prime Minister's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Monday that they would not resume dialogue with India unless all the bilateral issues are put on the agenda.
Islamabad: Prime Minister's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Monday that they would not resume dialogue with India unless all the bilateral issues are put on the agenda.
The NSA-level talks between the two countries, which were to be held earlier this month, could not happen because of Pakistan's insistence on meeting Kashmiri separatists.
India was also upset over Pakistan including Kashmir as part of the agenda for the NSA talks that was mainly scheduled to discuss terror.
The talks had been called off at the last minute by Islamabad.
But in an interview to a private TV channel, Aziz said National Security Advisor-level talks between the two countries could not be held in New Delhi last week due to the "Indian pre-conditions", as per PTI.
The first-ever NSA-level talks was agreed upon in July in Ufa during a meeting between the PMs of India and Pakistan.
Aziz' comments came in the backdrop of heightened tensions along the border and LoC.
However, Aziz said that the meeting between DG Rangers and DG Border Security Force is scheduled for next week despite tensions on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
Meanwhile, in a blunt message, the US has asked Pakistan to intensify efforts to counter terrorist sanctuaries inside its borders and take concrete steps against the dreaded Haqqani network responsible for major attacks on American installations in Afghanistan.
The tough message was conveyed by US National Security Advisor Susan Rice to the top Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif during her day-long visit to the country yesterday.
Rice also urged Pakistan to take concrete steps against the Haqqani network after the recent spate of attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.
The group was based in North Waziristan but Pakistani officials say the militants have fled to Afghanistan after military operations.
(With PTI inputs)