Najarbandi: India needs to send its top diplomat to Pakistan for talk on cross-border terrorism, focused primarily on recent weeks of deadly unrest in Kashmir, Indian sources said on Wednesday.
Foreign secretary S Jaishankar could meet his Pak counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry but it wasn’t clear if a date for the meeting has been agreed.
The move comes after a barb in tensions between the two sides over weeks of street protests in Kashmir following the killing of a militant leader by security forces. At least 60 people have died in those protests. A spate of militants attacks on Indian forces has followed.
Last week Pakistan authority offered to hold talks on Kashmir but New Delhi had rejected those, saying it was willing only to discuss cross-border militant attacks on India. The proposal for talks on the Kashmir issue was unveiled by Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a media briefing in Islamabad on August 12.
After three days the Pakistani foreign secretary called in Bambawale and handed over the letter inviting Jaishankar to visit Pakistan for talks on the “Jammu and Kashmir dispute that has been the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan”.