New Delhi, Aug. 22: Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz on Saturday held a press conference and said the issue of Kashmir was on agenda for NSA talks as discussed in Ufa between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
“One doesn’t put such items on agenda, but the fact that they are linking this Hurriyat that Kashmir was not on agenda, is incorrect,” said Aziz. “We agreed on discussing all outstanding issues, & who doesn’t know what is the most imp outstanding issue, it’s Kashmir,” he added. (ALSO READ: Pakistan ready for NSA talks; Sartaj Aziz justifies meeting with separatists)
Pakistan is adamant on its demand to discuss issue of Kashmir during NSA talks while the Indian government has made clear that dialogue must be held only on terrorism. We bring to you the joint statement by Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Ufa, Russia.
The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met today on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa.The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.The two leaders exchanged views on issues of bilateral and regional interest.
They agreed that India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development.To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues.
Both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and agreed to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace from South Asia.
They also agreed on the following steps to be taken by the two sides:
1. A meeting in New Delhi between the two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism.
2. Early meetings of DG BSF and DG Pakistan Rangers followed by that of DGMOs.
3. Decision for release of fishermen in each other’s custody, along with their boats, within a period of 15 days.
4. Mechanism for facilitating religious tourism.
5. Both sides agreed to discuss ways and means to expedite the Mumbai case trial, including additional information like providing voice samples.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in 2016.Prime Minister Modi accepted the invitation.
In the above statement issued by India and Pakistan, there is no mention of Kashmir issue. It is very much clear that both the leaders had decided to discuss on ‘terrorism’ in NSA talks.