Willing to talk on terror but not Kashmir, India tells Pakistan

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About update on the letter of Foreign Secretary written to his counterpart proposing exclusive dialogue on Kashmir, Zakaria said "we have extended the invitation, and would like to get the issue resolved through dialogue".

Jaishankar wrote to Chaudhry, accepting the invitation for a visit to Islamabad, but made it clear that "the discussions should focus first on the more pressing aspects of the Jammu and Kashmir situation", according to Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Pakistan is to "forcefully" present its stance on India's "state terrorism" in Jammu and Kashmir at the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

Given the spike in tensions between the two countries at the moment, Mansingh seemed unsure that the dialogue would actually get underway.

An Indian embassy representative in Islamabad on Wednesday handed over a letter to the government that said New Delhi would talk about "current and relevant" issues - but not Kashmir.

Indian Occupied Kashmir has been under curfew since protests erupted over the death last month of a popular young freedom fighter, Burhan Wani, in a gunfight with Indian security forces.

The United Nations High Commission amid grave concerns over human rights violations in the valley.

Foreign Secretary Jaishankar yesterday conveyed his willingness to visit Islamabad for holding talks on terrorism rather than on Kashmir. While, access to OHCHR has been denied by India to Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Asked about the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson's statement that Prime Minister Modi crossed the "red line" by talking about Balochistan, Swarup said: "I find this an extraordinary remark from a senior functionary of Pakistan that recognises no red lines in its own diplomacy".

"Terrorism issue has become so central to the India Pak relationship that it has made it hard for the ties to progress", Jaishankar later told the media. "So, it is impossible for Sharif to offer any better terms", he said.

The MEA, which was directed by the Prime Minister to get in touch with Baloch leaders across the globe to highlight the atrocities committed by Pakistan in the region, is keeping its cards on the issues under the wrap. This added to the other main reason for the failure of a solution: the UN Security Council's view of the dispute as primarily a political dispute without referring sufficiently to the legal framework of Indian and Pakistani claims to Kashmir.