No use of NSA-level talks on preconditions set by India: Pakistan

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Pakistani foreign ministry on Saturday night decided it was not sending its National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz to India for the NSA-level talks between the two countries.

In a statement, Pakistan’s foreign ministry statement said that the talks could not on with so many ‘preconditions’ set by India.

Reacting to Pakistan’s decision, Indian foreign ministry’s spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that it was ‘unfortunate’ that Aziz had cancelled his visit adding that ‘India did not set any preconditions.’

Swarup added that India had only ‘reiterated’ that Pakistan respected ‘the spirit of Simla and Ufa agreements to which it was already committed.’

 

Pakistani foreign ministry said that India’s allegations against Pakistan for its involvement in terrorist activities had proved to be false and it suspected that India wanted to ‘use this as a ploy to keep the tension at the border to postpone the bilateral talks indefinitely.’

Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, while addressing a news conference on Saturday afternoon, had given Pakistan deadline for ‘tonight’ to agree that the two NSAs were not going to discuss Kashmir during the talks and Hurriyat ‘cannot be the stakeholder’ in the talks between India and Pakistan.

The invitation by Pakistani High Commission to Kashmiri separatist leaders had caused a huge controversy prompting Indian government to first place them under house arrest before releasing them 90 minutes later.

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