Not desperate for talks with India: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan is not desperate to resume peace talks with India, a top official has said. There was no restlessness on the Pakistani side for a dialogue, Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser on Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was quoted as saying in a news report on Monday, June 6. But he quickly added on Sunday that if South Asia had to see peace, there had to be “coordination first”.

Aziz also said that India never opened a window of opportunity for dialogue and goodwill with Pakistan. The Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying that all the developments in this regard were sabotaged when the talks between the countries were postponed after the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in January.

“It is a very strange thing to say as it was decided here on December 9 that the dialogue will resume but then the Pathankot incident occurred and everything vanished into thin air,” Aziz said. Azia was speaking during Geo News show ‘Naya Pakistan’.

He referred to Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement on the “slowly closing” window of goodwill and dialogue with Pakistan. Parrikar had said that Pakistan separates terrorists between “good ones and bad ones”. “They (India) say they will talk if we (Pakistan) make some progress on terrorism but we say that they (India) should talk on all issues including Kashmir,” said Aziz.

“The whole world agrees that India and Pakistan should have composite dialogue.”