India-Pak talks: Joint statement favoured India, say Pakistan political parties

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Islamabad, Dec 11: Political parties in Pakistan alleged that joint statement issued after talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz favoured India.

Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan on a two-day visit to attend Heart of Asia conference. During her visit to the nation, Swaraj also met PM Nawaz Sharif and his Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Indo-Pak joint statement favoured India

Although they welcomed resumption of "comprehensive bilateral dialogue" with India, reported Dawn online.

"While the statement categorically addressed Indian concerns over the Mumbai trial, what about Samjhota Express case and Kashmir cause which the government recently took up at the United Nations and kept on boasting about taking such a bold stand," PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari said.

Mazari also sought clarification about the difference between ‘composite' and ‘comprehensive' bilateral dialogue.

"As far as I know, the term ‘composite dialogue' was also a creation of the Indian side, which now has come up with a new terminology, ‘comprehensive dialogue'," she said.

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JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also sought clarification from the government.

"When Pakistan highlights the issue of Kashmir at the UN under its resolution, India says it's a bilateral issue which requires no international forum. At the bilateral level, the Indian argument has been that Kashmir is its integral part. Then somebody must explain to this house at what level the government intends to take it up with India," he said.

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