Pak FM Qureshi Says Willing To Talk If India Reviews Its Aug 5, 2019 Decisions On J&K | India News
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (Photo credit: AFP)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday that Pakistan would be happy to discuss differences and resolve outstanding issues through dialogue if India was willing to review the unilateral decisions it made on August 5, 2019 regarding to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Quoting Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, Dawn reported: “If India is willing to revisit some of the decisions it made on August 5, 2019, Pakistan will be more than happy to participate, sit down and speak, and resolve all outstanding issues. “. Qureshi said during his two-day visit to Turkey.
On August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra modi made a bold move to remove the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir by amending Article 370 of the Constitution.
On the same day, Rajya Sabha also passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, which forked the state into two Union Territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Pakistan had outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, water and other minor issues and that the only sensible way forward was dialogue, Dawn reported.
“We cannot afford to go to war, you know, it will be mutually suicidal. And no sensible person will advocate such a policy. So we have to sit down and we have to talk,” he commented.
He said that a recent development of the new commitment to the ceasefire was during the conversation between the Directors General of Military Operations of both sides that was a positive development, Dawn reported.
The Foreign Minister also referred to messages from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Pakistan’s national day and a message of goodwill to Prime Minister Imran Khan who also responded positively.
Previously, both countries announced a ceasefire in the LoC that was followed by talks on Indus water, sports visas, etc.
The prime ministers of both nations pushed for a regional rapprochement and exchanged healthy messages.
Despite this growing mood, the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan decided not to meet and exchange greetings at a previously held Dushanbe conference.
In addition, the Pakistani Cabinet recently decided not to import sugar and cotton from India, which would affect ties between the two countries.
Any improvement in ties will depend on the restoration of the High Commissioners in each other’s capitals, Pakistan’s commitments regarding cross-border terrorism, resuming LoC trading.