Qureshi’s remarks are in line with Al Jazeera’s exclusive report on Pakistan seeking ‘specific’ action from India against Kashmir.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan said it was ready to engage in dialogue with India if its eastern neighbor was “willing to revisit” its recent actions in the disputed region of Kashmir, Pakistan’s foreign minister said.
Speaking to Anadolu news agency in an interview released on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi welcomed the recent thaw in relations between the two countries.
“If India is willing to review some of the decisions they took on 5 August 2019, Pakistan will be very happy to get involved, sit down and talk about our differences and sit down and, through dialogue, resolve extraordinary issues,” Qureshi said, referring to India’s move. in 2019 to revoke the special constitutional status of Indian-administered Kashmir and launch a widespread crackdown in the region.
Qureshi’s statement is in line with Al Jazeera exclusive reporting Special measures Pakistan is seeking in relation to Kashmir – a Himalayan region that the two countries claim in full but administers parts of separately – to restart bilateral talks.
Such measures include, but are not limited to, reversing alleged demographic changes in Kashmir, releasing political prisoners, restoring statehood in the region, lifting all restrictions on communication and movement, and reducing the number of Indian troops.
India’s foreign ministry has not yet commented on Pakistan’s foreign minister’s comments or the Al Jazeera report.
Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have been on the verge of freezing since February 2019, when an attack by armed groups against Indian security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. triggered a military standoff with Pakistan seeing the two countries bombing each other’s territory.
This February, however, saw the surprise announcement of a reaffirmation of the 2003 ceasefire in the Line of Control (LoC), which separates Indian-administered Kashmir from Pakistani-administered Kashmir and has seen increasing levels of violence from the two militaries shooting at each other since 2019.
In March, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan to congratulate him on the occasion of Pakistan Day, a national holiday. Pakistani PM Khan responded in the same way.
A meeting of the country’s Indus water commissioners also took place that month in New Delhi.
On Sunday, Foreign Minister Qureshi warned against placing too much emphasis on the nascent discussion process.
“It is too early to make a value judgment on that,” he said, stressing the need for the two countries to avoid active conflict.
“We can’t go to war, you know, that’s suicidal,” he said. “And no sensible person would support such a policy. So, we need to sit down and we need to talk. “
Regarding the recent communications leading to the reaffirmation of the ceasefire, Qureshi said only that “the two sides contacted each other”, giving no details about the current communication mechanisms between countries.
On Friday, he denied that “peace talks” were underway or that the United Arab Emirates had any role in the process. contradicts the statement by the UAE ambassador to the United States.