Pak asks India to change Kashmir policy

Pakistan asked New Delhi to change its "inflexible" policy on Kashmir.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Islamabad: Heightening its rhetoric,
Pakistan on Sunday asked New Delhi to change its "inflexible"
policy on Kashmir, claiming that the state is not an integral
part of India and the issue cannot be resolved within the
ambit of the Indian Constitution.

India will have to change its approach and policy on the
Kashmir issue, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit
told a TV news channel.

"When there is a change in Indian policy, which has been
inflexible in the past, then certainly talks will prove
beneficial between the two countries," he said.

He said the Kashmir problem is an internationally
recognised issue and the United Nations has passed resolutions
for its solution.

Basit claimed that Jammu and Kashmir is not an integral
part of India and the Kashmir issue cannot be resolved within
the Constitution of India.

Ultimately, the Kashmir issue will have to be settled in
accordance with the "aspirations" of the Kashmiri people, he
said.

Pakistan has always tried to peacefully resolve all
issues with India, particularly the Kashmir problem, he
claimed.

Basit alleged India has used "brute force" in Jammu and
Kashmir since June. Pakistan wants that "Indian atrocities
should be stopped," he added.

Replying to a question, he said the Kashmir issue has
been discussed by the two countries for decades.

It was at the top of the agenda in the composite dialogue
process but India "never seriously tried to resolve the
issue," he claimed.

"Whenever the dialogue process is restored, we hope India
will come up with a realistic approach," he said.

Talks for the sake of talks will not be fruitful and
there is a need for result-oriented dialogue, Basit said.

PTI