Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday said India has “priorities other than dialogue” and alleged that there is a group in New Delhi that does not want talks to happen, after New Delhi called off a meeting between him and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York, according to a media report.
India cited the killing of three policemen in Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps of Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani for cancelling the meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.
The Express Tribune quoted Qureshi as saying that India has not responded positively to Pakistan’s invitation for dialogue.
“It seems that India is already preparing for its elections due in the country next year,” he said. “Pakistan had asked for the talks in the larger interest of the region” he said.
Qureshi said that it seems that “India has priorities other than dialogue”, adding there is a group in the New Delhi that doesn’t want talks to take place.
He went on to say that if India doesn’t want dialogue, then Pakistan also won’t be in a haste either, ” the Pakistani newspaper quoted Qureshi as saying.
But, he reiterated that dialogue is the only way to come to the resolution of any issue, the report said. PTI