ISLAMABAD: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday stressed “serious” negotiations between India and Pakistan, saying that talks are the only solution to the violence in Indian-held Kashmir.

“India should recognise that the core issue of Kashmir cannot be resolved by bullets. It requires a political solution, through serious negotiations between India and Pakistan,” Sartaj said in a statement.

He said that there is constant curfew and complete media blackout for the past 37 days in the violence-hit valley. He added that India had unleashed such brute force against innocent citizens to suppress their right to protest.

“These events (protests in held Kashmir) have nothing to do with terrorism. It is an indigenous movement for self determination, a right promised to the Kashmiris by the UN Security Council,” the adviser said.

“Thousands of unarmed youth are protesting every day for their right of self determination. More than 70 innocent Kashmiris have been killed and more than 6,000 injured.”

Responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, Sartaj Aziz said that the statement of Modi was proof of India’s involvement in Balochistan unrest.

The adviser said that Modi was only trying to divert world attention from the grim tragedy that has been unfolding in Indian-held Kashmir over the past five weeks.

“Indian prime minister’s reference to Balochistan, which is an integral part of Pakistan, only proves Pakistan’s contention that India through its main intelligence agency RAW, has been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan.”

This, Sartaj added, was also confirmed after the public confession of RAW’s active service naval officer, Kulbhushan Yadav, in March this year.