UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked India and Pakistan to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue, against the backdrop of cancellation of foreign-secretary level talks between the two nations and continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan along border posts.
The US, through its embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad, is engaging with the Indian and Pakistani governments on bilateral talks, which the Narendra Modi Government called off while objecting to Pakistan consulting Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting.
CPI(M) on Tuesday criticised the government for calling off the Indo-Pak talks after Kashmiri separatists met Pakistan High Commissioner, saying the decision was "inexplicable" as these meetings could be held only after the authorities permitted them.
Congress Tuesday kept up the attack on NDA over cancellation of Indo-Pak talks even as the government and BJP said the neighbouring country cannot "walk with separatism and talk with Government of India" simultaneously.
The meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner and Hurriyat leaders is a "very flimsy ground" for the government to shelve its bold initiative of resuming diplomatic talks with Pakistan, PDP said on Monday.
Welcoming the proposed foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan next month, moderate Hurriyat Conference Friday said it was ready to extend its support to any initiative aimed at peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
A week after his alleged remarks on Kashmir causing another Indo-Pak war created a stir, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has now said that he has no option but to live in peace with India and that both the countries must hold regular National Security Level talks for dispelling the concerns related to terrorism.
Welcoming the meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, China on Monday said it supports efforts by the two neighbours to resolve their differences through dialogue as it is critical to the region`s peace and stability.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said there was hardly any hope of a positive outcome from the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the backdrop of the ongoing tension.