Sartaj Aziz seen raising Kashmir issue at Heart of Asia meet


Sartaj Aziz seen raising Kashmir issue at Heart of Asia meet

Addressing reports, especially in Pakistani media, that Aziz would be open to holding talks on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar if he is approached by India, the spokesman said "Talks can not happen in a climate of continued terrorism".

Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Suresh Arora took stock of the security arrangements of the city for the global conference, a senior officer said.

The participating nations include Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and UAE.

India on Wednesday clarified that it has not officially received a request for any bilateral meeting from Islamabad.

Pakistan will have no bilateral meeting with India on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar, where the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharaf's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is set to participate on Sunday, according to a media report.

"Every country has its own share of bringing stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan's participation means its commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan", he said. This process is also supported by a number of developed countries including U.S. and EU.

India has been non-committal about holding bilateral talks with Aziz but has made it clear that "talks and terror can not go hand in hand". At the last summit in Islamabad foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had asked for India's admission to Afghanistan Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement but, that was turned down, as expected.

The 6th Ministerial Conference will be held tomorrow.

FO Spokesperson said Indian troops are killing innocent people and violating basic human rights in Occupied Kashmir since past four months.

The platform was floated to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours.

In occupied Kashmir, the Srinagar-based English newspaper Kashmir Times has stressed India and Pakistan to initiate dialogue process for settlement of the disputes. Ahead of Aziz's visit here, India had yesterday said it will never accept continuing cross border terrorism as the "new normal" in bilateral ties with Pakistan while making it clear that talks can not take place in an atmosphere of "continued terror".

The declaration also committed member countries to "deny terrorists access to financial and material resources, to dismantle their sanctuaries and training facilities and to curtail their ability to recruit new terrorists".

Stating that terrorism is a creation of this region, the Afghanistan envoy observed that the solution also lies within the region.



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