Pakistan plans to invite India for discussion on Kashmir issue

Islamabad: The Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today said that his country is planning to invite India for dialogue on Kashmir issue.

Aziz’s statement came a day after when India insisted that it would talk about Pok with Pakistan.

“Our Foreign Secretary would formally be writing to his counterpart in this regard,” Aziz said.

He further said that he briefed the media about the Pakistan’s Envoys Conference held on August 1-3 to deliberate on major foreign policy challenges of Pakistan and make recommendations.

Aziz said the conference spent considerable time on the “grim situation” in Kashmir.

The conference emphasised that Pakistan should continue to extend full diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmiris movement for self-determination.

He said that the conference discussed a number of diplomatic initiatives being taken and it was decided that Pakistan should invite India for a dialogue on Kashmir issue.

His comments came two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed Parliament on the Kashmir issue and said that India was willing to discuss only Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with Pakistan, and that the question of discussing Jammu and Kashmir with Islamabad just does not arise.