Pakistan rejects India’s ‘advice’ for its NSA to skip meeting Kashmiri separatist leaders

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Pakistani foreign ministry statement has said that it ‘may not be possible for Aziz to follow the advice” of Indian ministry of external affairs as far as meeting the Kashmiri separatist leaders were concerned.

A statement issued by the Pak foreign ministry said that it had informed the Indian commission about Pakistan’s position on the issue.

Indian foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, on Friday had advised Pakistani NSA not to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders when he arrives here for talks with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership have asked their National Security Adviser, Sartaj Aziz, to raise the issue of Kashmir and India’s alleged ‘role in aiding terrorism’ inside Pakistan.

On Friday, Pakistani government called for a high level emergency meeting in Islamabad, where this decision was taken.

Chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, this meeting was also attended by the country’s army chief, Raheel Shareef, Interior Minister, Chadhary Nisar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and various other members of Pakistani cabinet.

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There was no official state issued after the meeting but sources in Pakistani PM office said that both the civilian and military leaderships were in agreement in Aziz raising the issues of Kashmir and India’s alleged ‘role in aiding terrorism in Pakistan.’

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Soon after this meeting concluded, another emergency meeting was held inside the ministry of foreign affairs to formulate its strategy for the NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for 23 August in New Delhi.

According to a source, the meeting also discussed the Indian foreign ministry’s ‘advice’ that Aziz should avoid meeting Kashmiri separatist leaders while in Delhi.

 

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