Pakistan ready for unconditional talks on all issues including Kashmir, says Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said has said that Islamabad is ready for unconditional talks with New Delhi to resolve all issues including the core issue of Kashmir.

Aziz, however, said that any talks between the two countries cannot succeed till the resolution of the Kashmir issue while talking to a television channel, reports Radio Pakistan.

He insisted that Sharif had forcefully raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations. Asserting that the international community has accepted that Kashmir is a “disputed territory”, he said that the pressure is now mounting on India.

Sharif raised the Kashmir bogey at the UNGA calling Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a “young leader murdered” by the Indian forces. He also said Pakistan will continue to support voices in Kashmir for self-determination.

He also extended support to the demands of Kashmiri people for self determination and called on the UN Security Council to hold free and fair plebiscite.

“The Security Council has called for the exercise of the right to self- determination by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite held under the UN auspices. The Security Council must honour its commitments by implementing its own decisions,” he said.

He further demanded an independent inquiry and a UN fact finding mission to investigate the situation in Kashmir.