‘ Hurriyat leaders not separatists, but freedom fighters’

Pakistan doesn’t accept India’s conditions on dialogue: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says it does not accept conditions on composite dialogues with India.

 

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing in Islamabad today said dialogue with India is not a favor, but a necessity for peace and development in South Asia.

 

Responding to a question regarding statement of Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement, the spokesperson said APHC leaders are not separatists, but freedom fighters who are carrying out their movement from an occupied territory.

She said Pakistan does not want to stop trade between India and Afghanistan through its territory. She said Afghanistan is a landlocked country and Pakistan has given it access to the international waters. She said India can use Karachi Port for the trade purposes.

The spokeswoman added that Pakistan was sincere when it came to a dialogue with India, saying dialogue with India is not a favor, but a necessity for peace and development in South Asia.

Referring to the Indian leadership’s statement in condemnation of the Wagah border post attack, Aslam said no condemnation or condolence message had been received through official channels.

She added that US Ambassador Richard Olson had been apprised of Pakistan’s reservations against a report recently issued by the Pentagon.

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