Pak Proposes Peace, Asks for Talks in January

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Islamabad: Signaling end to the stalled India-Pakistan peace process, Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaz Aziz on Wednesday proposed January 16 for foreign secretary level talks with India.

Pakistan is now waiting for India’s response to the proposed dates,” Dawn online quoted Aziz as saying. Pakistan wants the foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries to be held in Islamabad.

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After holding talks with Sharif on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference here earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the neighbouring country during 2016.

Both the countries have agreed to reinitiate a comprehensive dialogue process, Swaraj had said during a joint press conference later.

The foreign secretaries’ dialogue will include matters related to peace and security, Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, Tulbul Navigation Project, economic and commercial cooperation, counter-terrorism, narcotics control, humanitarian issues, people-to-people exchanges and religious tourism.