India does not want Kashmir on talks agenda: Sartaj Aziz

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New Delhi, Oct 28: Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said India's "condition" that the Kashmir issue should not be raised in the Indo-Pak dialogue is not acceptable to his country, according to a media report today. He made these remarks while addressing a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee yesterday to discuss his visit to Afghanistan, the Pak-Iran border issue and border clashes between Pakistan and India.

Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, told the committee that the Indian "condition" was not acceptable to Pakistan, The News International reported. He informed the committee that Pakistan would work accordingly if India agreed to hold a referendum in Kashmir. He explained that Kashmir had no third option instead of Pakistan and India, according to the UN resolutions.

The adviser to the premier said 14 people lost their lives while 65 others were injured in firing by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC). He stated that earlier India used to "violate the LoC" but this time it "violated the Working Boundary".

Aziz said India, giving reasons for the attack at the LoC and the Working Boundary, was claiming that Pakistan was helping terrorists to enter India. He said "hardliners came into power in India this time and they contested the elections advocating enmity with Pakistan."

Aziz claimed that the London million march was successful, and said that they would have to use techniques including social media and other methods to highlight the Kashmir cause at international level.


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