New Delhi: The Indian government on Wednesday accepted Pakistan’s offer of dialogue and said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is willing to travel to Islamabad, but only to discuss cross-border terrorism. In a letter handed over to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury by High Commissioner Gautam Bhambawale on Wednesday, the government said any talks would have to focus on terror.
According to sources India has conveyed that “since aspects related to cross-border terrorism are central to the current situation in J&K, we have proposed that discussions between the Foreign Secretaries be focused on them.”
Sources also said the letter also states that the “government of India rejects in their entirety the self-serving allegations regarding the situation in J&K, which is an integral part of India where Pakistan has no right”.
Speaking at an event on Wednesday, Mr Jaishankar strongly criticised Pakistan saying it tends to use terrorism as an instrument of policy of diplomacy.”The neighbourhood clearly faces unique challenge with respect of one country which is Pakistan,” he said.
On Monday, Pakistan’s foreign secretary had written to his Indian counterpart inviting him to visit Pakistan. The Pakistan government said the letter “highlights the international obligation of both the countries, India and Pakistan, to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.”