24 September, 2020

Yes, No, Yes Again

That has been Islamabad's reaction to a dialogue with India

Yes, No, Yes Again

THE offer of talks to India is very much on and there is no question of discontinuing the ongoing process of negotiations," say Pakistani Foreign Office sources. This is in reaction to the June 18 statement by foreign minister Assef Ahmed Ali who had expressed reservations about India not mentioning Kashmir as part of the agenda for talks.

"These are informal, diplomatic sort of statements which are made by both sides whenever such a process is about to take off. These are normally made to keep on stressing your basic position and pass signals. It should not at all be construed as rejection of talks on the part of Pakistan. We have received the return offer from the Indian Government and we are formalising our response which would be conveyed to them soon," said one official. He said Assef Ahmed Ali's views were not unusual and besides, the Indians have not reacted to it.

"So we have no reason to believe that there is any anxiety in New Delhi over the foreign minister's remarks. Currently, our reply is under...



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