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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Vacate PoK: India tells Pak

By on Saturday, August 20, 2016


The war of words between India and Pakistan intensified on Thursday with Delhi demanding that Islamabad address “more pressing” issues related to cross-border terrorism and Pakistan saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “crossed a red line” by talking of Balochistan during his August 15 speech.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the latest offer of dialogue on Kashmir from Pakistan could progress only if Islamabad stopped the sending of terror to Kashmir that hit the normal life here, as well as Mumbai on 26/11, and demanded the “earliest possible vacation of PoK [Pakistan-occupied Kashmir].”
Releasing the contents of the letter that Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar wrote to his Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on August 16, the MEA demanded the “cessation of cross-border terrorism”, the “closing down of terrorist camps”, and denial of “safe havens for terrorists.”
The terror-specific demands came a day after India rejected Pakistan’s proposal for “Kashmir dispute-specific talks” and demanded that the proposed Foreign Secretary talks focus on “cross-border terrorism.”
Violation of U.N. charter: Pakistan

India divulged the details of the letter from Foreign Secretary Jaishankar on Thursday even as Pakistan hit back saying that the latest statements on Balochistan from India “crossed a red line.” “The statement by the Indian Prime Minister [on Balochistan] includes elements that are indeed a violation of the U.N. charter,” Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, said during his weekly briefing in Islamabad.

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