BJP downplays Aziz’s no Kashmir, no talks remark

New Delhi: Downplaying Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s remarks that no dialogue with India will take place without including Kashmir issue, BJP today said such statements are intended for domestic audience and bilateral talks will proceed on the lines of Ufa joint statement of the two countries.

BJP, which had termed as “game-changing” the outcome of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, asserted that the joint statement will guide bilateral engagements.

“A lot of statement coming from others are also possibly intended to address their domestic constituencies. As fas as we are concerned, the discussion, engagement will largely happen on the lines of the joint statement,” party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.

Rao’s comments came following statement by Aziz, who is also Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security, that the talks cannot take place without Kashmir being on the agenda.

Pakistan also needed “more evidence and information” from India on the Mumbai attack case, Aziz said.

Rao said the Ufa joint statement talked about the engagement of officials of both sides at different levels.

“The bilateral engagement will proceed along the line of the joint statement,” he said. (PTI)