India never opened window of opportunity; Pak not desperate for talks: Aziz

Pakistan is “not desperate” to resume peace talks with India which has never opened a window of opportunity for dialogue and goodwill with it, Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.
“It is a very strange thing to say as it was decided here on December 9 that the dialogue will resume but then the Pathankot incident occurred and everything vanished into thin air,” Aziz told Geo TV on Sunday. “They never opened a window of opportunity… We maintain that if there has to be a dialogue, it will be on all issues,” Aziz said.
“They say that they will talk if we (Pakistan) make some progress on terrorism, but we say that they (India) should talk on all issues including Kashmir,” Aziz said.
His remarks came in response to Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that the window for dialogue with Pakistan was “slowly closing”. Aziz said if India continues to repeat the old allegation of terrorism when it comes to the negotiating table, they must remember that terrorism is a part of the composite dialogue that Pakistan proposes, Dawn reported.
Aziz also said that Pakistan was “not desperate for talks and there is no restlessness on the Pakistani side for dialogue.”
“The whole world agrees that India and Pakistan should have composite dialogue,” Aziz said, adding that if the region has to see peace, it has to see co-ordination first. Replying to a question, Aziz said Pakistan was not unaware of Indian efforts to integrate Kashmir and change its demography as “such efforts by India would not succeed.”
Pakistan is supporting the Kashmiri people “morally and diplomatically” and will raise the issue with the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council and also with permanent members of UN Security Council, he said. “Prime Minister Modi opened a window of opportunities when he visited (the) Pakistan Prime Minister. I think that window is slowly closing. Before it closes, Pakistan needs to develop that trust with India on its sincerity on the approach,”
quoted Parrikar as saying at the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday.
“Pakistan separates terrorists between good ones and bad ones. They are after bad ones but the good ones are promoted to operate in Afghanistan and India. I think that needs to be tackled at a diplomatic level,” the defence minister had said.
The ministry of external affairs on Friday asserted that “involvement of Pakistan’s nationals in the Pathankot Air Base attack is an accepted fact”. India also asserted that “enough information” on the involvement of Pakistanis has been provided to Islamabad.
A five-member joint investigating team (JIT) from Pakistan visited India in March to probe the Pathankot attack in which Jaish-e-Mohamed militants attacked the Indian air base on January 2 and killed seven security personnel.

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