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Islamabad, April 19: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged India to start the foreign secretary-level talks for resolving various issues, media reported on Sunday. Also Read - Gunfight Breaks Out Between Security Forces And Terrorists In Pulwama

Aziz, at a seminar titled Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman – Baisakhi here, said on Saturday that the Pakistani foreign ministry wondered why India cancelled the talks on its own without consulting Pakistan, Dawn online reported. Also Read - One Terrorist Killed During Encounter in J&K’s Kulgam, School Children Among 60 Rescued From Site

Though the new Indian foreign secretary, S. Jaishankar, visited Pakistan on March 3 this year as a goodwill gesture, formal talks were yet to resume, he added. (Also read: Indo-Pak relations: Pakistan NSA Sartaz Aziz to hold talks with India on Kashmir dispute)

He said Pakistan believed in peace in the region and desired to initiate dialogue on all issues with India and other countries. “If there will be peace, we all can eradicate the menace of poverty, illiteracy and injustice in the region,” he said.