United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed readiness to engage with India and Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue if requested by both and asked them to resume talks to reach an agreement that would serve their security interests as well as that of the region.
India and Pakistan were very near to a framework agreement on the Kashmir issue through back-channel talks during the Congress-led regime, former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said Wednesday, and suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should appoint a confidant for such talks.
The recent breach of ceasefire by Pakistan was aimed at infiltrating LeT cadres into Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the polls and to bring Kashmir issue back into limelight, as the neighbouring country was feeling isolated with the growing clout of India in the international forum, according to security experts.
In continuing ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted 40 Border Out Posts and 25 border hamlets with heavy mortar shells in Jammu sector and LoC areas in Poonch district, leaving nine persons injured.
Asserting that Kashmir problem is an internal issue of India, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said there is a mechanism within the country to address all issues and outside forces need not meddle in them.