New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi once again spewed venom against India and said that it was not a big issue if he had a telephone conversation with senior Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. His statement comes days after India summoned Pakistan envoy Sohail Mahmood and directly told him that Qureshi’s telephonic conversation was a ‘brazen attempt’ to subvert India’s unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Notably, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had ‘cautioned’ Mahmood that persistence of such behaviour will have ‘implications’.
“India should stop blaming Islamabad for its problems as it has no intention of interfering in New Delhi’s internal affairs,” Qureshi said while speaking to the media yesterday. He added,”India gets annoyed if the Kashmir issue is highlighted despite the fact that it is a resolvable issue.” He claimed that the ‘real face’ of India would be exposed by presenting Pakistan’s point of view on the issue at the international conference this week.”
The Foreign Minister further said that election in India was an internal matter and Islamabad would try to hold talks with the new government if it wanted to work with Pakistan. India has made it clear to Pakistan that talks and terrorism cannot go together. Pakistan’s relations with many countries have improved because of successful diplomacy of the incumbent government, he claimed.