ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan would raise the issue of ‘unprovoked’ Indian firing across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary during a dialogue between the Director-General Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force chief in New Delhi tomorrow.
The meeting, he said, is being held in accordance with the Ufa declaration and will help reduce tensions along the LoC and Working Boundary.
He said earlier NSA-level talks with India were cancelled due to inflexibility shown by India, as no dialogue with India can be successful without the Kashmir issue as part of the agenda.
“Narendra Modi contested elections on anti-Pakistan platform and now wants to dictate terms for the dialogue with Pakistan but we will never accept this and we have already conveyed it to New Delhi,” Aziz said while talking to media in Islamabad.
He said Kashmir will be part and parcel of any agenda of talks with India and that the international community has accepted Pakistan’s point of view in this regard.
Aziz said that no one could dare to launch any attack inside Pakistan and if anyone did so, he would get a befitting response.
He said that Pakistan would not be pressured by Indian threats of an attack at any time, adding that if India even thought of attacking, Pakistan would provide a befitting response.
The prime minister`s adviser on foreign affairs and national security said there had been an issue of security at the Pakistani embassy, but the government had been assured that security was increased.
He said that there would be less worry of security at the embassy as anti-Pakistan statements were expected to decrease following the meeting between the DG Rangers and BSF chief.
Responding to a question on his recent trip to Kabul, Aziz said the visit was aimed at building trust and confidence between the two neighbours. He said the visit had been successful as the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had a better understanding on security issues with Pakistan.
As a result of the talks with Afghan leadership, he said a memorandum of mutual trust will be signed by both sides soon.
Sartaj Aziz said Afghan Finance Minister would pay a visit to Pakistan in the first week of November.
The NSA also rubbished claims that Dawood Ibrahim was hiding in Pakistan.
During a meeting in Ufa, Russia earlier this year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi agreed that both India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development.
Foreign Secretary Pakistan Aizaz Chaudhry said both leaders were prepared to discuss all outstanding issues.
The Aug 24 NSA level talks last month were to be held to discuss a schedule for discussions on “all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, Siachen and SIr Creek, in keeping with the understanding of the Ufa statement,” according to the Foreign Office (FO).
However, the talks were cancelled citing New Delhi’s refusal to allow an expanded agenda and a meeting with Kashmiri leaders.
“The scheduled NSA-level talks cannot be held on the basis of the preconditions set by India,” the FO said in a statement. A meeting held under conditions set by India “would not serve the purpose” of “reducing tensions and restoring trust as a first step towards normalisation.”
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