Pakistan again seeks US intervention on Kashmir

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Pakistan on Monday once again sought US intervention in settling the Kashmir dispute complaining that India was hesitant whenever it wanted to talk on the vexed issue.

Speaking to accompanying Pakistani journalists after holding a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Hague, on the sidelines of a two-day nuclear summit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the Kashmir issue should be resolved.

In comments aired on TV channels in Hague, he said India hesitated every time Pakistan approached it for talks on Kashmir.

Pakistan again seeks US intervention on Kashmir

“We have said somebody else can also help us in resolving the issue. But India is also not in agreement on that. So how can talks proceed? How can such issues be solved? I said this is for the US also to think. When you tell us that normal relations should be there, we understand that but your role comes in also.

“If we cannot solve an issue with India bilaterally, a third power should be there to play a role in moving the dialogue forward,” Sharif said.

This is not the first time that Pakistan has sought US intervention in solving the Kashmir issue.

Ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama in October last year, Sharif had sought US intervention to settle the Kashmir issue.

However, a senior US official had then said, “On Kashmir, our policy has not changed an iota”.

In India, the government and political parties had condemned Sharif’s comment in one voice.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had said, “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India – there is no question of anybody interfering with this idea. The US knows this very well”.

Even though Pakistan is keen that the US intervenes, Washington has repeatedly said it is for India and Pakistan to determine the “pace, scope and character” of their cross-border dialogue.

The Pakistan Prime Minister is accompanied on the trip by his Special Assistant Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

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  1. more proof that the indians don’t want relations between the 2 countries to get better. indian rulers just want to continue with warmongering and fearmongering against pakistan so that they can keep their population brainwashed.

  2. As per Shimla Agreement 1972 both India and Pakistan agreed to resolve the kashmir issue bilaterally so where is the question of involving a third party?

    Zia-ur-rehman @ Waqas of Pakistan arrested in Jaipur is the proof that Pakistan wants to “improve” relations with India. And backtracking on MFN status to India on flimsy grounds is another step towards “improving” relations with India. Thank goodness, India is pursuing a policy if Look East. Bangladesh is much better.

    And who talks of eating grass and making nukes and thousand years war with India? Keeping kashmir issue alive and unresolved is necessary for Pakistan’s survival as one nation. India’s priority is economic development and complete eradication of poverty from its soil at the earliest. All other matters can take a back seat. Nothing has changed in Kashmir in last 67 years nor anything will change in coming years. But India is confident of removing poverty and unemployment in coming 6-7 years…. by 2020 India will have 0% population below poverty line and 0% illiteracy among youth.

    World is changing fast. keep pace with the change or else you will be left far behind. Amerika abhi baat kar leta hai, if you regress more, wo baat bhi nahi karega.

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