No dialogue will take place between India and Pakistan unless Kashmir is on agenda: Sartaj Aziz


Pakistan’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has indicated that there would be no dialogue process with India unless the Kashmir issue is included in it.

Speaking to a news briefing in Islamabad on Monday, Aziz also said that Pakistan needs more evidence against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in order to expedite the trial.

Aziz, however, said that the bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit was a welcome step and could help reduce tension.

In the meeting, the two PMs had formally agreed for a National Security Advisers meet in New Delhi to discuss terrorism.

PM Modi also accepted an invitation from Sharif to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting in Pakistan in 2016.

Breakthroughs were also achieved on India’s demand for a speedy trial for 26/11 accused terrorists, with India agreeing to send more evidence against the perpetrators for their role in the attacks in Mumbai.

India has in the past repeatedly accused Pakistan of an ineffectual trial of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Mumbai terror attacks alleged mastermind and top commander of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was granted bail by Pakistan earlier this year.

Pakistan had also said before that India had failed to provide enough evidence against Lakhvi. Voice samples of terrorists who gave instructions to their counterparts in Mumbai during the siege that left 166 people dead, will now be sent over to Pakistan, officials said after the Modi-Sharif meet.