Pak insists on resuming talks with India


Islamabad: In a bid to end the stalled peace talks, Pakistan has urged India to resume Foreign Secretary level talks to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Although the Indian Foreign Secretary visited Pakistan on March 3 this year but it was ‘a goodwill gesture’. The formal talks have yet to resume,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.

He urged India to resume the process of dialogue as agreed by the two premiers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi during their meeting last year. Aziz expressed wonder at the “inordinate delay” by India in resuming foreign secretary-level talks.

Aziz made the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman Baisakhi (Baisakhi represents Muslim-Sikh friendship)’ in Lahore at the Lahore Fort on Saturday evening.

India had cancelled foreign secretary-level talks in August last year because the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.