Restating New Delhi’s willingness to hold talks with Islamabad on cross-border terrorism, India today confirmed that it responded to Pakistan’s invitation for dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup today established that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reverted to his Pakistani counterpart, in which he stated that "not just India, but the larger region is aware that Pakistan is the prime perpetrator of terrorism".
The letter was sent by India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar in response to his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry's August 19 communication in which he had invited Jaishankar to discuss the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
In his reply, Jaishankar also informed that India wants to the dialogue process with Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir to be result-oriented.
The FS further underlined that the agenda before both the nations is to clearly put an end to cross border terrorism and incitement to violence from Pakistan. Swarup said Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has also been told that further discussions will be held as per the Simla Agreement of 1972, Lahore Declaration of 1999 and the Joint Statement of 2004.
The direct hit in the Foreign Secretary's response was out in the open as the Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister, Sartaz Aziz, met the ambassadors of the five permanent members (P5) of the UN Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China) and the ambassador of the European Union to garner their support.
Aziz also insisted the P5 and EU to abide by their promises to the people of J&K under the UN Security Council resolutions.
However this request was repeated as Pakistan continues its failure to fulfil the first recommendation of the UN Security Council Resolution 47 of 1948.