ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid here on Saturday said if India has a right to impose its stance on ‘talks on terrorism only’, then Pakistan has a right to insist on its position too.
Regarding the statement of India’s Internal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today, Rashid went on to say that Pakistan desires to discuss topics during the NSA level talks which it deems important.
He further said, “There has been no change in our position, it is India who has changed its position,” adding that if India remains committed to its original stance then talks will definitely commence.
The minister went on to say that National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz is ready with his files and baggage to depart to India.
He added that besides participating in the NSA level talks, Sartaj will also be meeting with Hurriyat leaders.
The information minister further said that whenever the talks take place, they will cover ‘all issues’, adding that in Ufa when the two prime ministers met, it was agreed that the talks would cover all matters.
Rashid also said that so far India’s invitation is still open and Sartaj is ready to go to Delhi unless India takes back its invitation at the last moment in which case it will be held accountable.
India’s Internal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that India has not sent any pre-conditions for the NSA level talks with Pakistan.
The Indian minister told reporters that NSA level talks were not part of the composite dialogue process and would only discuss the issue of terrorism. “In Ufa when the two prime ministers met there was no discussion on the composite or resumed dialogue.”
Swaraj said three meetings were decided during the Ufa talks which included NSA level, DGs and DGMO talks.
“India is trying to create an environment to resume dialogue between the two countries,” Swaraj said in response to Pakistan stating that India was running away from talks.