FM calls on US to influence India for Kashmir talks

Trump’s mediation offer rejection by India was anticipated: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has on Friday said New Delhi claims that talks over the Kashmir issue will only be held with Pakistan, but is not even willing to conduct a bilateral meeting. The foreign minister talked to media and maintained that the United States should use its influence over India to solve this dispute.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had stated that Pakistan will take two steps forward if India takes one to improve relations, but the issue is rapidly getting worse. India should come towards dialogues to settle the Kashmir conflict, and I am forwarding a letter to the UN Secretary General today over this issue.
Pakistan had given the message of peace before, and is still making the same offer. We want to live peacefully. On the other hand, India raised questions on US President Donald Trump’s statement regarding the mediation offer on Kashmir dispute. Our focus at the moment is on Afghanistan peace process, and the stability of the entire region will be at stake if India creates hindrance in it.
Pakistan was anticipating that India would reject the mediation offer of the United States over Kashmir dispute. Reacting to Jaishankar’s comments, FM Qureshi asserted we were already aware of the Indian reaction that they would never accept the Trump’s offer. India neither wants talks nor mediation, he stated.
The foreign minister also said that he would write a letter to the United Nations on the situation in occupied Kashmir. The letter would highlight the Indian firing along the Line of Control, human rights abuse in held Kashmir and the report of international bodies about India’s atrocities in the occupied valley, FM Qureshi said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the United States to use its influence to persuade India to come to the table for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Responding to US President Donald Trump’s reiteration of offer to mediate between Pakistan and India on the decades-long Kashmir conflict, Qureshi said India was avoiding the talks and did not appear willing to negotiate on the matter.
India is involved in a bloodbath [in occupied Kashmir]. India insists it is a bilateral matter, but it is not even willing to come to the table for talks, the foreign minister told news channel. Trump offered mediation keeping in view the regional situation. We thank [him] for the offer, and we have expressed our willingness, Qureshi said.
We want peace. Our focus right now is the Afghan peace process. If India [tries to] create any obstacle to the peace process in Afghanistan, then regional peace will suffer. India won’t agree easily to the Kashmir talks. [We urge] the US to exercise its influence and persuade India [to come to the table], the foreign minister said, adding that he was writing a letter to the United Nations secretary general in this regard.

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