Lahore: Pakistan has said it will be impossible for it to continue the dialogue with India if
New Delhi does not pay importance to the Kashmir issue.
India must include the Kashmir issue in talks with Pakistan in order to take forward parleys between the two countries, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.
"It will be impossible for Pakistan to continue the dialogue if India does not pay importance to the Kashmir issue," Qureshi told reporters at the airport here yesterday
after returning from a trip abroad.
His remarks came more than a week after his July 15 meeting with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna in Islamabad during which sharp differences arose between the two sides on
the timeframe and roadmap for future talks.
On the proposed Pakistan-Afghanistan transit trade agreement, he described it as a significant achievement, but ruled out any provision in the pact to allow India to send its
goods to Afghanistan via Pakistan.
The foreign minister also dismissed assertions by US leaders and officials that the top al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban leadership, including Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, are
present in Pakistan.
Describing such reports as rubbish, he said: "Pakistan wants concrete evidence proving the whereabouts of either Osama or Mullah Omar."
He said that if anyone claims bin Laden or Mullah Omar are hiding in Pakistan, they must provide evidence to the government of Pakistan to back up their contention.