We do feel talks on Kashmir needed, says Basit

We do feel talks on Kashmir needed, says Basit

SRINAGAR: In the midst of uprising in Kashmir, Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit on Saturday said that Pakistan is ready to discuss the Kashmir dispute with its Indian counterpart.
“You all know that we took a step towards having dialogue but that didn’t work out. We did send invite to India but that did not move forward. We do feel talks on Kashmir needed,” he was quote by New Delhi-based media as saying.
The relation between India and Pakistan has become strained since the uprising began in Kashmir on July 8 with the killing of militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
Pakistan has extended support to people’s demand for right to self determination in Kashmir, and criticised India for not being able to end human rights violations in the region.
India, on its part, has been blaming Pakistan for the situation in the Valley.
Recently, Pakistan formally invited India for a dialogue on Kashmir, but the latter turned down the offer. India has only expressed willingness to talk about what it calls the Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism.
Pakistan is constantly raising Kashmir issue at the international level, in a bid to pressure on India for resolution of the long-pending dispute.
On August 14—the Independence Day of Pakistan–Basit had ‘dedicated’ his country’s Independence Day to Kashmir.
“We dedicate this year’s Independence Day to the struggle of Jammu and Kashmir,” he had said. “Our struggle will continue till J&K gets freedom.”

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