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Minister for International Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi. — APP/File
  • International minister says no secret, backdoor talks going down with India; when talks do happen, the nation shall be taken into confidence.
  • Says talks “have always existed at the intelligence level”.
  • Rejects any mediatory function by UAE; says UAE overseas minister additionally informed him such an impression is fake.

Amid media experiences of secret, backdoor talks with India and Pakistan’s continued denial of such talks, Minister for International Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday mentioned that within the occasion talks do happen, the nation shall be taken into confidence.

Chatting with Geo Information on programme “Naya Pakistan”, the overseas minister mentioned there was “no question” of not taking the nation into confidence. “But there is an appropriate time for everything.”

The overseas minister mentioned that he “admits” there are “intelligence level” talks between the international locations and that they’ve “always existed”.

“Even when you are in a state of war, such talks always do take place.”

Qureshi, explaining additional the character of talks on the “intelligence level” and the way these are totally different from backdoor channel talks, mentioned that within the Musharraf and Nawaz eras, there was a “formal back channel” in place, with folks appointed to positions and a number of talks which did happen, which isn’t the case proper now.

He mentioned that Pakistan has all the time desired a decision to tensions between the 2 international locations by a dialogue however this was opposed by India. “India was the one that avoided a comprehensive dialogue. Pakistan was never the one to refuse it.”

The overseas minister mentioned that Pakistan, even as we speak, maintains that the one answer to the excellent points between the 2 international locations is a dialogue.

“Two nuclear-armed nations cannot make the suicidal move of a war so the one way forward is a dialogue. The atmosphere for a dialogue was ruined by India and now must be improved by them. If they create a conducive environment, Pakistan is ready to engage,” Qureshi mentioned.

He mentioned that for a conducive atmosphere to be born, the difficulty of Kashmir and aid for Kashmiris is one among elementary significance and must be thought of.

Talks to happen by way of International Workplace

The overseas minister mentioned that each time dialogue does happen formally, it will likely be by way of the Ministry of International Affairs, which is the “appropriate office” to take level on such a matter.

He mentioned that for sure difficult issues to be made easy, “if other institutions step in, the government will always welcome the move”, however for a correct dialogue to happen, it should be by the International Workplace.

Qureshi rejects any mediatory function by UAE

The overseas minister, responding to experiences that the UAE had performed some kind of a mediatory function for talks to be held between India and Pakistan, mentioned that the impression is fake.

“I have just returned after meeting with the UAE foreign minister and he, too, says that for such an impression to have arisen is inappropriate and has rejected it,” Qureshi mentioned.

He added that for UAE’s Ambassador to the US to have spoken about such a factor was a matter of him “going slightly overboard” and the “truth is contrary”.

‘BJP’s coverage backfired, dialogue solely approach ahead’

Talking of Article 370, he mentioned Pakistan had “never accorded it any importance”. “It is an internal matter […] they had done so to revive the confidence of Kashmiris living in occupied Kashmir. Our interest lies in 35-A because a demographic change affects our stance of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.”

He mentioned India should overview its measures, which by no means obtained any assist. “Not only did Pakistan and Kashmiris reject the moves, Kashmiris rejected it and so did the enlightened class in India.”

“Today everyone admits the BJP government’s Kashmir policy backfired, with alienation having only grown and the view that the environment will be ripe for investment did not prove true; the economy has collapsed.”

Qureshi ended by saying {that a} dialogue is in the end the one approach ahead and the enlightened teams are effectively conscious of this and when such a dialogue does happen, Pakistan will current its viewpoint.

“When a dialogue does take place (between two rival countries), both sides sit together and listen to each other’s viewpoint and devise a way forward.”

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