Islamabad (Pakistan): Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said that the reluctance of India to hold talks will not make Islamabad close the doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region. “India is reluctant, we will not close our doors,” the Minister said while addressing a news conference at the Pakistan Embassy.Also Read - Ramiz Raja Puts His Weight Behind Afghanistan, Says Funding Will Continue To Support Players

“Hiding away from issues will not make them disappear. It will not improve the situation in Kashmir,” Dawn online quoted Qureshi as saying. The Pakistan minister further said that he has not been able to understand India’s decision to back off from holding a dialogue with the country that the latter had agreed to. Also Read - BAN vs PAK: Good News For Bangladesh Even After Losing First Test to Pakistan

Reiterating that all Pakistan wanted was talks, Qureshi said, “Engagement, no-engagement. Coming, not coming. We desired talks as we believe the sensible way is to meet and talk.” He further said that India had first agreed, and then disagreed. He also pointed out that India’s response was “harsh and non-diplomatic”. Also Read - Pakistan Crush Bangladesh by Eight Wickets; Take 1-0 Lead in Test Series

“We want peace. It does not mean, we cannot defend ourselves against aggression. We can but we do not have an aggressive mindset,” he said.

India on Friday cancelled the talks with Pakistan blaming it for the “brutal and deeply disturbing” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district as well as the release of the postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.

“The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways,” Kumar said. He noted that two “deeply disturbing” events have taken place since the announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers.

Soon after India cancelled talks with Pakistan, Qureshi expressed regret and accused India of finding an excuse to reject the proposal. He further said that Pakistan was of the view that both the countries will benefit if they sit and solve the issues.

“I regret the way India 1st accepted our goodwill gesture and then rejected it. We were of the view that everyone will be benefitted if we sit together and solve our issues. They first agreed but later had to find excuses to reject our proposal. In the month of September, they named an action taken in the month of July as the reason, which was inappropriate,” he said.