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    Pakistan says ‘onus on India’ to restart dialogue : FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi

    Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan’s foreign minister has thrown down the gauntlet to India to restart direct dialogue between the two countries, saying the “onus lies on [them]” to reverse steps in the disputed region of Kashmir and end alleged rights abuses there before the two countries can come to the table.

    Speaking to Al Jazeera in a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi accused the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of adopting “aggressive rhetoric” and “acting irresponsibly”.

    “Who vitiated the climate? Obviously the Indians. Now if things have to improve, the onus lies on India,” he said, referring to steps taken by Modi’s government to revoke a special constitutional status for Indian-administered Kashmir in August 2019 and a subsequent security crackdown in the region, which lasted several months.

    Pakistan and India have fought two of their three full-scale wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947 over Kashmir, and the Himalayan territory remains at the heart of continuing tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

    Bilateral relations between the two rivals stalled around September 2016 after India said its military conducted a “surgical strike” on Pakistani territory. Islamabad rejected the claim although it said at the time that two soldiers had been killed in “cross border” fire by Indian forces.

    In July 2018, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attempted to restart dialogue after he won the election.

    Qureshi said there were currently “no formal or informal parleys going on” between the two countries, including meetings between former officials that are commonly referred to as “Track II dialogues”.

    Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi File: Reuters}
    In February 2019, India conducted air raids on Pakistani territory following an attack on Indian security forces in Pulwama in Kashmir that killed more than 40 people.

    India blamed Jaish-e-Muhammad, a Pakistan-based armed group, for the attack and said its air attacks targeted a “training camp” near the northern Pakistani town of Balakot.

    The air raids brought the two countries to the brink of another war, with Pakistan shooting down an Indian fighter jet in the ensuing standoff and capturing an Indian Air Force pilot, who was released two days later as a “goodwill gesture” by Islamabad.

    ‘Accidental war could be horrific’
    In December, Pakistan warned the international community that it had intelligence that India was preparing another attack on Pakistani territory, and that Pakistan’s military would respond “a notch above” if required.

    At the time, Qureshi had said India had sought “tacit approval” from world powers for the possible attacks.

    The Pakistani foreign minister told Al Jazeera he believed the international community had stepped in to reduce tensions between the two countries, although he did not have “first-hand information” of any such communications.

    “Past practice has been that international players have played a role in defusing tensions because they are aware that South Asia is a nuclear environment and if things go wrong, even an accidental war … could be horrific and would have consequences that go beyond the region,” he said.

    In November, Pakistan announced it had prepared a dossier with specific intelligence, including intercepted phone conversations and documentary proof, showing that India’s intelligence services, with the knowledge of Prime Minister Modi, were sponsoring armed groups that target Pakistan.

    Such allegations are common between the two neighbours, with both sides routinely denying the accusations.

    November’s dossier, however, was unusual for the specificity of the information, with the Pakistani Foreign Office making available audio recordings and some documents to journalists.

    In a statement, India denied the allegations, saying “the so-called claims of ‘proof’ against India enjoy no credibility, are fabricated and represent figments of imagination”.

    Qureshi reiterated the allegations to Al Jazeera, and claimed the international community with which the dossier had been shared was “certainly viewing things very carefully and they are looking at what we have presented very seriously”.

    Islamabad-based diplomats for three countries with whom the intelligence had been shared told Al Jazeera the dossier was still being evaluated and that no action had been taken regarding the accusations.

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    Since 2019, Pakistan has also facilitated the ongoing peace process in neighbouring Afghanistan, with which it has had a tense relationship.

    Qureshi stressed on the need for the intra-Afghan negotiations, currently continuing in the Qatari capital Doha, to focus on moving forward.

    “Pakistan is playing the role of a facilitator,” he said. “The ultimate responsibility … is with the Afghan leadership. It’s their country, it’s their future.”

    Last month, a delegation from the Afghan Taliban’s Political Commission (TPC) met Qureshi and other top Pakistani officials in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

    “I have had a number of meetings [with them], and I have been telling them … and convincing them, please come into the mainstream,” said Qureshi.

    “You have come to the table, and by coming to the table you have earned respectability to a large extent in the international community.”

    Qureshi said he had urged TPC chief Abdul Ghani Baradar, who had previously spent years in Pakistani custody, to “accept the change” in Afghanistan.

    “Accept this new reality, and accept this change. You cannot turn the clock back. Understand what has happened, live with it and see what can be done.”

    On talks with Afghan government counterparts, Qureshi said Pakistan had been urging Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government to accept the “ground reality” of the Taliban’s support amongst some Afghans.

    “The Taliban and people who are sympathetic to them, they are a reality,” he said. “Who are they? They are Afghans. Talk to them, tell them, convince them that they should give up violence and shift from the bullet to ballot.”

    Qureshi said Pakistan aimed to have broad-ranging ties with Afghanistan, and that its ultimate goal was regional connectivity after peace was established in its northwestern neighbour.

    “It is not going to be an easy ride. It is going to be difficult, the road is going to be bumpy and it’s going to be time-consuming, one has to understand all of that,” he said.

    “And yet there are opportunities, we should not miss those opportunities.”


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    I wish India were the first major team to tour Pakistan(after reopening) , will probably end up being the last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    I wish India were the first major team to tour Pakistan(after reopening) , will probably end up being the last.
    Wont achieve anything long term. During 2004 tour to Pakistan, the then indian high commissioner told Pakistan that you let in 20 thousand indian supporters, and you sent them back as 20 thousand ambassadors of pakistan.

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    Even when the Modi government falls and is replaced by a Congress/alternative one there’s no way in hell that the Kashmir decision will ever be reversed. Politically it’s impossible and would be suicidal and any party who proposes this will be accused of being ‘anti-national’.

    If Pakistan genuinely won’t talk to India until India’s Kashmir stance is reversed then there will never be any meaningful talks anytime soon.

    Pakistan’s problem re India and Kashmir is that the Indian side are quite happy with the status quo and the longer it continues the weaker Pakistan’s hand becomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    I wish India were the first major team to tour Pakistan(after reopening) , will probably end up being the last.
    Would be incredible to see such a tour. As it stands however I wonder if Pakistan will even send their team to India for the world T20 later this year? The relations between the two governments are now so toxic that it wouldn’t be surprising if Pakistan do what England did to Zimbabwe back in 2003.

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    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly, while India is in serious decline in most areas. Staus quo is fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly, while India is in serious decline in most areas. Staus quo is fine.
    If the status quo is fine then why the tears over Kashmir? Weren’t you predicting a nuclear test by Pakistan in response to India’s Kashmir move? Others predicted military action. Yet instead all we got was dossiers and a flurry of angry tweets.

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    Irony is that China now stands between any Indo-Pak war. Good for people of both countries.

    Dialogues should be the way forward. Both sides need to pull together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    If the status quo is fine then why the tears over Kashmir? Weren’t you predicting a nuclear test by Pakistan in response to India’s Kashmir move? Others predicted military action. Yet instead all we got was dossiers and a flurry of angry tweets.
    Pak has tested it's missiles which are able to be equipped with nukes, which was my prediction. Pak doesnt need to a nuclear test,it has one of the best nuclear weapons programmes.

    I dont think many expected Modi and his RSS cowboys to make such a mess of the country, the longer it continues the less work for Pakistan. Now we also await for the US, if they are willing to sanction India for S400, Im not sure they will but if they do, it's another nail in India. We also await how Biden will continue with the peace deal in Afghanistan. If he continues , the Indians will have leave the land as part of any deal.

    You are too inpatient, things move at a snails pace in geo-politics, you can bump up my thread by 2030.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pak has tested it's missiles which are able to be equipped with nukes, which was my prediction. Pak doesnt need to a nuclear test,it has one of the best nuclear weapons programmes.

    I dont think many expected Modi and his RSS cowboys to make such a mess of the country, the longer it continues the less work for Pakistan. Now we also await for the US, if they are willing to sanction India for S400, Im not sure they will but if they do, it's another nail in India. We also await how Biden will continue with the peace deal in Afghanistan. If he continues , the Indians will have leave the land as part of any deal.

    You are too inpatient, things move at a snails pace in geo-politics, you can bump up my thread by 2030.
    I’m sure the Kashmiris can sleep happy at night then. Promised by the Pakistani establishment that “any step necessary” will be taken to remove the evil Indians from their land yet in the end all they got were some tweets and repeated cries for help to the UN, OIC and co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    I’m sure the Kashmiris can sleep happy at night then. Promised by the Pakistani establishment that “any step necessary” will be taken to remove the evil Indians from their land yet in the end all they got were some tweets and repeated cries for help to the UN, OIC and co.
    India declining will help Kashmiris. Pakistan can easily send many freedom fighters but this will cause more bloodsheed on the streets of occupied Kashmir. As I said be patient, if you are lucky enough to live to the day Kashmir is given freedom, it will all make sense but dont expect an instance fix to a problem which has been around for decades.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Would be incredible to see such a tour. As it stands however I wonder if Pakistan will even send their team to India for the world T20 later this year? The relations between the two governments are now so toxic that it wouldn’t be surprising if Pakistan do what England did to Zimbabwe back in 2003.
    World cup tournaments are too important to both nations. Quite noticeable that for all the Indian boycotts of Pakistan series, they have always competed in all the world cup formats. Don't think their big 3 partners would look too kindly on a boycott which damaged their own chances of glory.


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    Why will India start any dialogue process? What will India achieve by it? What is the compulsion?

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    He's right, finally a Pakistani government that has a spine against India. Pakistan not only needs to put the onus of negotiations on India but also tell India to stop supporting terrorism in Pakistan, that should be the first prerequisite for any talks; until India pulls out of Afghanistan and stops trying to encircle Pakistan then there can be no normalization of ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    I’m sure the Kashmiris can sleep happy at night then. Promised by the Pakistani establishment that “any step necessary” will be taken to remove the evil Indians from their land yet in the end all they got were some tweets and repeated cries for help to the UN, OIC and co.
    There's something called diplomacy and peaceful protest, Pakistan doesn't have to nor should get involved in a military conflict with India that will lead to countless deaths especially in Kashmir and that of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters; Kashmiri activist and leaders do acknowledge Pakistan's role in raising awareness about Kashmir and speaking about Kashmir at various international forums, with Pakistan government's activism the Kashmiri freedom movement would be dead like that of the Tamils and the Chechens, so what the government of Pakistan has done is extremely important.

    Anyways none of this matters to you and your contingent on here, we're aware you guys get paid to comment on here and other on Pakistani sites, it's sad that so many Indians live such pathetic lives that they have to spread nationalist propaganda for their country just for a few thousand rupees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly, while India is in serious decline in most areas. Staus quo is fine.
    We are going downhill! Our national carriers are being seized because we cannot pay our dues! This is global shame! 25 million kids are out of school. This is another global shame! And, we have polio! This is another global shame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeedhk View Post
    We are going downhill! Our national carriers are being seized because we cannot pay our dues! This is global shame! 25 million kids are out of school. This is another global shame! And, we have polio! This is another global shame!
    Calm down. You love sidetracking discussions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    Calm down. You love sidetracking discussions.
    I was quoting one of the PPers if you do not know already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketCartoons View Post
    Wont achieve anything long term. During 2004 tour to Pakistan, the then indian high commissioner told Pakistan that you let in 20 thousand indian supporters, and you sent them back as 20 thousand ambassadors of pakistan.
    Did we actually let in 20000 indians ?
    No wonder Kulbhushans were roaming around freely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly, while India is in serious decline in most areas. Staus quo is fine.
    Stop following ISI propaganda content on social media.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenstorm View Post
    Did we actually let in 20000 indians ?
    No wonder Kulbhushans were roaming around freely.
    indian tourists are misers, so you needed to let in so many to recover the cost of issuing visas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    I wish India were the first major team to tour Pakistan(after reopening) , will probably end up being the last.
    Would you wish the same had you lost loved one to cross border terrorism?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aqeelPK View Post
    Stop following ISI propaganda content on social media.
    That is his only source of news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly, while India is in serious decline in most areas. Staus quo is fine.


    Pakistan is improving in all areas very quickly?

    Status quo is fine?

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    Pakistan’s economy is booming only in Kamran Khan’s videos!

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    Invite indian businessmen to invest in pakistan and offer them all possible assistance they will put pressure on Modi to re-start dialogue, within months bilateral will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornbill View Post
    Invite indian businessmen to invest in pakistan and offer them all possible assistance they will put pressure on Modi to re-start dialogue, within months bilateral will improve.
    Instead, the indian public will put pressure on the businesses who invest in pakistan. india and pakistan are not going to resolve their issues without a decisive war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketCartoons View Post
    Instead, the indian public will put pressure on the businesses who invest in pakistan. india and pakistan are not going to resolve their issues without a decisive war.
    If there are no major untoward incidents and bilateral trade remains heavily skewed in favour of India that will be enough for co-operate sellouts to convince bhakths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornbill View Post
    If there are no major untoward incidents and bilateral trade remains heavily skewed in favour of India that will be enough for co-operate sellouts to convince bhakths.
    Or the public will tell the cooperates to either pull out of Pakistan or face issues in India.

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    Unfortunately, India gains nothing by coming to the table. It suits them to not discuss the Kashmir issue and ignore Pakistan. Pakistan can only plea to global organisations (UN etc) but it may also have no effect. India has tried this route too in the past to put pressure on Pakistan about "terrorism" but it didn't work.

    This issue will linger on for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Or the public will tell the cooperates to either pull out of Pakistan or face issues in India.
    That is the only possible outcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Or the public will tell the cooperates to either pull out of Pakistan or face issues in India.
    Bhakths won't do anything, their sellout leaders know how to shut their mouths, it's been two years since ipl telecast is banned in pakistan but Indian government didn't took any reciprocal measure so it is pretty much evident where interest of the government lies.


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