NEW DELHI: Realizing repercussions of its unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary and the Line of Control in the disputed state, India on Tuesday said that it was willing for a serious dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues including Jammu Kashmir.
India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin alleged that Pakistan was not interested in talks and was using ‘diversionary tactics’ by complaining to the United Nations. India also demanded that Pakistan must take immediate steps to restore peace and tranquility along the border (working boundary) and the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir.
Reiterating India’s stand that only Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provided the framework to resolve all the issues, Akbaruddin said there was no place for a third party intervention. “We are willing for a serious dialogue in this (Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration) framework and this dialogue will cover all outstanding issues including issues of Jammu Kashmir. It seems, from what Pakistan is doing it is not interested in this sort of a dialogue,” he said.
“The sending of a letter to the UN secretary general by Pakistan is a well-known tactic and it has not worked earlier it will not work now,” he said. The road to a peaceful and cooperative relationship between Pakistan and India runs from Islamabad via Lahore to New Delhi, he said. “If you divert that road through New York or elsewhere, it will not serve any purpose and will be diversionary tactics,” he said.