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India rejects Pakistan’s offer for talks on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD, August 17 (Online): India rejected Pakistan’s proposal for foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir, asserting that terror remains the core concern and there was a need to talk about that.

However, India’s Foreign Secretary Jaishankar said he is ready to go to Islamabad but maintained Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an internal matter of India, except to put an end to cross-border terrorism and infiltration.

“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.”

It is vital to mention here that India is once against avoiding talks on Kashmir, which Pakistan proposed at foreign secretaries level.