India Declines Pakistan’s Invite For Talks on Kashmir


New Delhi: India has declined Pakistan’s invite for talks on Jammu and Kashmir and has told Islamabad that “there can be no dialogue amid provocations”, according to Times Now.  Indian envoy to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale handed over Indian response to Pakistan Foreign Office.

Pakistan had on August 15 handed over a letter to the Indian high commissioner formally inviting New Delhi for dialogue over the Kashmir issue. The letter was addressed from Pakistan’s foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry to his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar.

The Pak invite came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech. PM Modi in his speech accused Pakistan of grave human rights violations in the volatile Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had in Parliament ruled out any possibility of talks with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.