Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

No point talking to India, says Imran Khan

No point talking to India, says Imran Khan

In reply to a question about the United States president's mediation offer on Kashmir, Fawad said it was the success of the foreign policy of the PM Imran Khan's government that President Donald Trump himself offered the role of mediator on Kashmir.

"Why there is a curfew, why there is a media blackout, why no one is sending their children to school, why so many restrictions are in place if everything is fine in Kashmir", asked Qureshi while briefing heads of diplomatic missions at the Foreign Office.

According to news agencies, Indian authorities have also detained more than 4,000 Kashmiris during the month, but Indian officials say the situation is normal in the valley.

The official said that President Trump, during his meeting with Modi in France will likely want to hear how he intends to calm regional tensions in the aftermath of his decisions on Kashmir.

Earlier, in an interview to The New York Times, Imran Khan said that Pakistan will no longer seek dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rebuffed peace overtures.

India has categorically told the global community that the scrapping of Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept reality. "We are all anxious that there is ethnic cleansing and genocide about to happen", he said.

Pakistan then carried out its own raid over the de-facto border in Kashmir before the two nuclear-armed countries stepped back from the brink of another conflict.

However New Delhi has made it clear to the USA that Kashmir is a bilateral problem between India and Pakistan and there was no position for a 3rd occasion.

The letter highlighted in detail the context and consequences of India scrapping the special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, it said. Restrictions are being eased based on the ground situation. "India can do a false flag operation in occupied Kashmir", he added. Worldwide rights groups and Kashmiris say ordinary citizens are unable to reach hospitals because of Indian security checkpoints, and medical and food stocks ran low shortly after India stripped the region of its autonomy this month. "I will do the best I can do mediate or do something", he said. He additionally indicated that he would take up the topic when he meets PM Modi over the weekend in France for a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) industralised nations.

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