Jammu: Accusing Kashmir-based separatists and Pakistan of scuttling the peace process, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said the cancellation of NSA-level talks by Pakistan has exposed its "deceptive diplomacy".
He said Pakistan should not have invited separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir when its National Security advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz was supposed to meet his counterpart in New Delhi today.
"This is a combined game of both the separatists and Pakistan as they never wanted peace to prevail in the state of Jammu and Kashmir," Singh said.
Claiming that the decision of Pakistan to call off the NSA-level talks was part of its "deceptive diplomacy", Singh said cancellation of the talks has exposed the deceptive diplomacy of Pakistan in front of the entire world.
"Pakistan wanted India to call off the talks and blame it on India in the international forum. This is the real face of Pakistan, calling off the talks has exposed their deceptive diplomacy," he said.
He said that India wanted to have some mechanism to tackle terrorism and that was the main understanding of the Ufa meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
"The mechanism to bring peace on the border was the main purpose of this talk. But, they never wanted it. There was no need to invite the Hurriyat and other separatist leaders," Singh said.
Speaking about the outstanding issues that exist between India and Pakistan, including the issue of Kashmir, Singh said that both the separatists and Pakistan were conspiring to ensure that peace never prevails in the state.