The foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India, are in limbo after the Pakistan High Commissioner met Kashmiri leaders. India has refused to meet the Pakistani Delegation. Pakistan has defended its consultations with the Hurriyat leaders. Pakistan contends that it has been a long standing practice to consult the Hurriyat Leaders before any talks with India. Moreover, it has also urged India to reconsider its decision. India maintains that Pakistan would have to choose either the Hurriyat leaders or the Indian side for negotiations.
There was always pressure on Narendera Modi to harden his stance towards Pakistan. It was just a matter of time that the BJP would change its position and they made the most out of it, when the Pakistan High Commissioner met the Hurriyat leaders. Furthermore, the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration supports Islamabad's policy towards Kashmir. India maintains that Jammu and Kashmir are the territory of India and it also contends that Pakistan is interfering in its domestic affairs. I guess the Indians have forgotten that it was India who went to the Security Council on April 21, 1948 and not Pakistan.
Jammu and Kashmir is disputed territory and that is declared by the United Nations Organization (UNO). The stance of India is beyond comprehension. India should reconsider its decision and show political maturity.
WAQAR UMAR MEMON,
Karachi, August 20.