Talks with India only if Kashmir is on table: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad: Pakistan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Sartaj Aziz said today that the country will hold talks with India only if the Kashmir issue is on the agenda.

Talking to media in Islamabad on Tuesday, Aziz said entire world has supported their stance that the two countries need to hold dialogue on all the outstanding issues including Kashmir, state run Radio Pakistan reported.

He also rejected Indian allegations about the presence of Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. He said a “befitting reply” would be given to any Indian misadventure on that count.

Pakistan’s NSA said that a meeting between DG Rangers and Commander of Indian BSF would be held in New Delhi tomorrow. He said that the meeting is aimed at reducing tension on the Line of Control and working boundary.

Aziz said that the issue of the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement will be raised at the meeting. He also regretted that Modi Government’s policy is “anti-Pakistan from the day one”.

The NSA announced that Pakistan would present a dossier on Indian interference in the country at the United Nations.

To a question, Aziz said the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to take steps for the restoration of bilateral trust.

He said the Afghan Government has assured to strengthen the security of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul.

He said that the Afghan Commerce minister would visit Pakistan in November this year to explore avenues for the promotion of bilateral talks.