UNITED NATIONS Indias wish for a bilateral meeting with Pakistan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly failed after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi insisted that the Kashmir dispute be made part of the agenda, a subject his Indian counterpart SM Krishna did not wish to discuss. The Indian objective was to show back home, especially in Kashmir, the two foreign dignitaries sitting together as part of its measures aimed at defusing the escalating situation in the occupied territory where more than 100 Kashmiris have been gunned down by the Indian security forces. At a press conference before leaving for Washington, Qureshi disclosed the Indian side first proposed a meeting with him and he responded positively. Qureshi, who was answering a reporters question as to what went wrong, said when India sought a meeting he extended an invitation to Krishna to meet him at Roosevelt Hotel where he was staying. In fact, he said he even offered to meet Krishna at his hotel if he had any problems coming to the Roosevelt. But after his suggestion that the talks covered all outstanding issues, not a selected few, the foreign minister said he did not hear from the Indian side. Asked whether India was responsible for the talks not taking place, he, in turn, asked the journalists to find out the reason. At the same time, he did not blame the Indian side for changing their mind. Qureshi previously said that he wanted result-oriented talks, not a photo-op. India wants the talks to deal initially with terrorism and progress on Mumbai attack case, he said, adding that Pakistan was ready to deal with those issue. But he asked how could the Kashmir dispute, which is on the agenda of the United Nations as well as a part of the composite dialogue with India, could be overlooked. (Occupied) Kashmir issue has been raised by the people of Kashmir with their blood, Qureshi said, pointing to killing of more than 100 people by Indian security forces. He called it an indigenous political movement. Without issues like Kashmir, Siachen and water on the table, the foreign minister said no useful purpose would be served in holding a meeting. He denied that he had set any conditions for holding talks, saying his effort was to make the talks purposeful to serve the cause for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. Our stand is constructive, he said. Asked whether the next round of talks under the Thimpu process would take place in New Delhi, the foreign minister said that India was aware of Pakistans principled position for meaningful talks. Therefore, the ball is in Indias court. Pakistan is ready to engage India anywhere and any time, he added. Asked to comment on Krishnas criticism for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly when Pakistan was confronted with many troubles, the foreign minister said India had its own problems and Pakistan had its own that it was trying to overcome. But Kashmir is a recognised dispute that must be resolved through negotiations, he said. On Aafia Siddiqui, Qureshi said that her sentence was excessive and shocked and surprised every one. Pakistan, he added, had done everything in its power to seek her repatriation and would continue its legal, political and diplomatic efforts towards that end.