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Deadlock continues to persist in Pakistan-India ties

Islamabad, The Pakistan-India relations are once again witnessing a tension-like situation after India had cancelled a scheduled meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, which was to be held on the sidelines of UNGA in New York.

There were hopes for improvement in India-Pakistan relations after new government under Prime Minister Imran Khan took over in Pakistan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Imran Khan and wrote a letter to congratulate him on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerging as the single largest party in Pakistan's general election.

While replying to the letter, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire for resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan which was accepted by India.

The region of Kashmir is a core issue between India and Pakistan and both countries have fought three wars on the issues the first in 1948, the second in 1965 and the third in 1971.

The two countries have also been involved in skirmishes in northern and southern parts, but the Kargil issue of 1999 was a prominent one when world powers had to intervene into the matter to stop the two countries from starting a full-fledged war.

Approximately 45.1% of the Kashmir region is controlled by India whereas approximately 38.2% of the Kashmir region is controlled by Pakistan.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that despite India's reluctance, Pakistan would not close doors to its efforts to promote peace in the region.

The foreign minister reiterated Pakistan's offer to open the Kartarpur corridor for allowing Sikh pilgrims to attend Baba Guru Nanak's anniversary this year.

The minister noted that India used incidents that happened in July to cancel peace talks that it agreed to in September. The minister pointed out that India's response to Pakistan's peace offer was harsh and non-diplomatic.

Mr Qureshi said that Pakistan's desire for peace should not be mistaken for a sign of weakness.

New Delhi had called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), just a day after confirming the development.

India Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, confirming the development, cited 'unclean intentions' on Pakistan's side.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will not accept any act of hostility, saying no one should mistake the country's wish for peace as a sign of weakness.

The remarks come a day after Indian army chief Bipin Rawat threatened Pakistan with 'retaliation' over its alleged involvement in last week's killing of a border guard and policemen in Indian Kashmir.

On Saturday, General Rawat said, We need to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and Pakistan Army have been carrying out.

The premier, however, maintained that Pakistan wants better relations with India so that the economic conditions of the two countries improve.

Moments after the Indian army chief's statement, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan would continue to strive for peace, and added that the world is watching as to who wants peace and who wants war.

Spokesperson of Pakistan Army Major General Asif Ghafoor has also said Pakistan is ready to respond to any external aggression.

Responding to a statement of Indian Army Chief, he said Pakistan is a nuclear power and 'our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as our weakness'.

Major General Ghafoor said if someone tests 'our patience, we will give a befitting reply' to it and not disappoint the nation.

He said India should desist from any misadventure that could be detrimental to bilateral talks and the peace of whole region.

The General said allegations of mutilation of Indian Border Security Force soldier are baseless and Pakistan Army has rejected it. Being a professional Army, Pakistan Army cannot commit such things.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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