New Delhi states that peace talks can’t be held with guns and blackmail after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif blame New Delhi of putting ‘unacceptable’ conditions for peace talks.
Yesterday, soon after PM Nawaz Sharif address at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India’s Junior Foreign Minister MJ Akbar denied Pakistan’s claims of going “the extra mile” in engaging with India.
Pakistan wants Peace Talks while holding a gun a terrorist gun in its hand, India’s Junior Foreign Minister
Pakistan wants peace talks while holding a gun a terrorist gun in its hand. Talks and guns don’t go together. Our position on a dialogue has been consistent, he added.
We have always been ready for a peace talks and dialogues, but we will not surrender to the blackmail tactics of a government in Islamabad that seems eager to use terrorist and terrorism as policy,” Akbar told the media in New York.
Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has escalated in the last two months, after Indian security forces gunned down separatist militant Burhan Wani in Kashmir.
Pakistan has witnessed widespread anti-India protests after several civilians were killed in the subsequent clashes with police in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Nawaz
Calling Wani a “young leader”, Nawaz held he had emerged as the symbol of the Kashmiri struggle for independence.
Akbar hit out at Nawaz for glorifying Wani. “It was shocking that a leader of a nation can glorify a self declared, a self- advertised terrorist at such a forum. This is self incrimination by the Pakistan PM,” he said.
Nawaz earlier said Pakistan is committed to the establishment of strategic stability in the region, but accused India of building up arms in an unprecedented manner.
“It neither wants, nor is it engaged in an arms race with India but we cannot ignore our neighbor’s unprecedented arms build-up and will take whatsoever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence”, Nawaz alleged.
Bilateral ties between the South Asian neighbours received another setback when a militant attack in Indian Kashmir on Sunday killed 18 soldiers.
India has blamed Pakistan for the raid, but Islamabad denies any role and accused India of apportioning blame before it had properly investigated. The disputed Himalayalan region of Kashmir remains the main issue of contention between the neighbours, both of whom claim it in full but rule in part.