No breakthrough on talks in sight till Narendra Modi is at helm: Pakistan

In another off-putting remark coming from Islamabad, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan expects no breakthrough when it comes to resuming bilateral dialogue with India till Indian PM Narendra Modi remained at the helm of affairs.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Dec 03, 2014, 15:53 PM IST
No breakthrough on talks in sight till Narendra Modi is at helm: Pakistan

Islamabad: In another off-putting remark coming from Islamabad, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan expects no breakthrough when it comes to resuming bilateral dialogue with India till Indian PM Narendra Modi remains at the helm of affairs.

Speaking to the reporters after inaugurating the annual conference of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad, Aziz contended that India and Pakistan should take an initiative on resuming talks as it was New Delhi that had decided to stymie the talks scheduled for August, reported the Dawn.

"India has suspended dialogue process and now it's their responsibility to resume it," the Dawn quoted him as saying.

Aziz was referring to India's cancellation of the foreign secretary-level bilateral talks with Pakistan in August.

New Delhi had taken the decision as it was angered by Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit's consultations with Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah in new Delhi ahead of the talks.

Pakistan High Commissioner's meeting with Kashmiri separatists had also prompted India to cancel Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh's visit to Islamabad in September.

Since then the ties between the two countries have remained frosty and even a formal handshake between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi on the concluding day of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu couldn't do much to inject warmth between the two nations.

Nawaz Sharif had also last week reiterated that India shouldn't have cancelled the talks in August as there was “nothing new” about Pakistan seeking the opinion of the Kashmiri leaders.

Besides Pakistan's pandering to Kashmiri separatists, continued ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and the International Border have also proved to be another roadblock in the way of resuming bilateral peace dialogue between the two nations.