India called off foreign secretary level talks unilaterally, not trying to resume it, says Pakistan

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Islamabad, April 29: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has blamed India for derailing the scheduled foreign secretary level talk in 2014, media reported on Wednesday.

"Pakistan was interested in renewing better ties with the South Asian neighbor like previous tenures of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)," Geo TV reported citing an interview of PM Sharif given to Saudi Arabia newspaper.

India called off talks, Pak PM

However, India was not positively responding to Pakistani efforts to restore the dialogue, he added.

PM Shariff has described Jammu and Kashmir occupation by Indian forces as the main hurdle in talk process. However, he also expressed hope for constructive dialogue on all contentious issues between the two countries.

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India had called off the foreign secretary level talk after Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders last year ahead of the meeting even after warning by India.

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