“Foreign Secretary further made it explicit that the agenda before India and Pakistan today is clearly to put an end to cross-border terrorism and incitement to violence from Pakistan. I think the sooner Pakistan recognizes the central importance of this fact, the sooner India Pakistan relations can make progress”, he said.
However, he mentioned that justifying terrorism and interference in the internal affairs of India is hardly a serious basis for a result oriented dialogue.
At his regular media briefing, India’s external affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup forcefully drove home this point asserting: “Providing support, safe havens and sanctuary to terrorists and making the distinction between good terrorist and bad terrorist has posed enormous risk to peace and stability to our region”.
In the letter, the Foreign Secretary hoped that the government of Pakistan will reconsider its approach and show sincerity towards promoting good neighbourliness and peaceful co-existence. “A recent example of Pakistan’s policy is the apprehension of Lashkar terrorist Bahadur Ali”, he said.
The adviser said the oppressive measures by India could not deter the valiant people of the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) from their just struggle for the right to self-determination.
“The Adviser said that Pakistan welcomes the UN Secretary General’s offer and would be ready to engage in a dialogue to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”, the statement said.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday urged the ambassadors of United Nations Security Council’s permanent members (P5) and the European Union to fulfil their worldwide commitments to the people of India-held Kashmir (IHK) under the UN’s resolutions.
The P-5 and European Union ambassadors stressed the need to resolve the issue peacefully.
The latest round of letter-writing began on Aug 15, when Pakistani foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry invited Jaishankar for a dialogue on the “Jammu and Kashmir dispute that has been the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan”.
He deplored the lethal use of force by the Indian occupation forces against innocent Kashmiris.
India has conveyed to Pakistan that any bilateral engagement must result in its withdrawal from the territories of Jammu and Kashmir it had been illegally occupying.