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No India-Pak bilateral meeting on sidelines of HoA conference

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

will have no bilateral meeting with on the sidelines of the Heart of conference in Amritsar where the Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is set to participate on Sunday, according to a media report.

Aziz is leading the Pakistani delegation to the two-day conference of the process that focuses on regional cooperation between and its neighbours for improving connectivity and tackling security threats.

"and would not hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of ministerial conference being held in Amritsar," Dawn reported, citing officials.

"For now we don't see any willingness on their part...The ball is in India's court, for they know we are willing but we don't know whether they are willing," it quoted an official as saying.

and had held a meeting here at the last HoA ministerial conference and agreed to start 'Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue' that was to cover all outstanding issues.

The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot terror attack in January this year.

An official was also quoted as saying that Pakistan had not formally reached out to India for a bilateral meeting in Amritsar.

Pakistan's High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit, while participating in BBC Urdu's 'Facebook Live' interaction yesterday, said Pakistan was ready for unconditional resumption of dialogue if India is ready.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is not attending the Heart of ministerial meeting.

"Since Sushma Swaraj is not attending, it's difficult to have a meeting with anyone else," the daily quoted a Pakistani diplomat as saying.

"The Pakistani side believes that the way out of the current stalemate in ties is India giving up its intransigence," the daily said.

"India has to make up its mind. They are not willing to discuss Kashmir," the official said.

India has been non-committal about holding bilateral talks with Aziz but has made it clear that "talks and terror cannot go hand in hand".

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 17:42 IST