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Pak doesn't want to interfere in India's internal matters: Pak Foreign Min

Though Pakistani leaders may have telephoned separatists in Kashmir in the past but perhaps, it was the first time in recent years that Islamabad put out a statement highlighting the talking points

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

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has no intention to interfere in India's internal matters and should not make an issue out of his telephonic conversation with Kashmiri separatist leader Umar Farooq, has said.

Wednesday summoned and categorically told him that Qureshi's telephonic conversation was a "brazen attempt" to subvert India's unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Mahmood was "cautioned" by that persistence of such behaviour will have "implications".

Talking to the media in on Saturday, Qureshi said that Pakistan has no intention to interfere in the internal matters of India, but should also stop blaming for its problems, Dawn news reported.

The acknowledged that he spoke with and should not make it an issue.

"We want to resolve the dispute through dialogue but is making undue hue and cry," Qureshi was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

"Issues are emerging in India but Pakistan has no role in that," he said.

Qureshi said that he would highlight Pakistan's view point on issue at an event in the this week.

The said that election in India was an internal matter and would try to hold talks with the new government if it wanted to work with Pakistan.

India has made it clear to Pakistan that talks and terrorism cannot go together.

Pakistan's relations with many countries have improved because of successful diplomacy of the incumbent government, he claimed.

He said Saudi would visit Pakistan this month. "New agreements will be signed during his visit," Qureshi said.

The said Tuesday that Qureshi spoke with the and discussed with him efforts of to highlight the issue.

In New Delhi, the asserted that the entire and Kashmir "has been, is and shall remain the integral part of India and that Pakistan has no locus standi in any matters related to the State of and Kashmir, has been made clear again to the of Pakistan."

According to the government sources in New Delhi, India was particularly anguished over Pakistan's statement on Tuesday, sharing details of the conversation that centred around the Kashmir issue.

Though Pakistani leaders may have telephoned separatists in Kashmir in the past but perhaps, it was the first time in recent years that put out a statement highlighting the talking points which felt was a clear case of violation of the red lines, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's major political parties issued a joint declaration at the end of All Parties Kashmir Conference on Saturday and said that peace in the region was not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue.

The declaration called on the to prepare an effective foreign policy to resolve the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

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First Published: Sun, February 03 2019. 13:05 IST
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