India has never opened a window of opportunity for dialogue and goodwill with Pakistan, which is “not desperate” to resume peace talks, foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz has said.
Aziz, the adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, made the remarks on a TV news show on Sunday in response to Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement about the “slowly closing” window of goodwill and dialogue with Pakistan, which “separates terrorists between good ones and bad ones”.
He said India had “never opened a window of opportunity for dialogue and goodwill with Pakistan and all developments in this regard were sabotaged when the talks between the countries were postponed after the Pathankot attack“. Aziz further said, “It is a very strange thing to say as it was decided here on December 9 that the dialogue would resume but then the Pathankot incident occurred and everything vanished into thin air.”
At the same time, he said Pakistan is “not desperate for talks” and there is no restlessness on the Pakistani side for dialogue. He told the audience the region has to see dialogue first if it is to see peace. If India continues to repeat the old allegation of terrorism when it comes to the negotiating table, it must remember terrorism is part of the composite dialogue that Pakistan proposes, he 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,” he added. Aziz said Pakistan was aware of Indian efforts to “integrate Kashmir” and change its demography though “such efforts by India would not succeed.”
“Protests against Indian policies have increased there (Jammu and Kashmir), Pakistani flags have been raised and people are supporting the Pakistani position on the issue in the region,” Aziz said. He contended the ground reality of Kashmir was against India and the people of Kashmir have not given up their struggle for self-determination. Pakistan is supporting them “morally and diplomatically” and will raise the issue with the UN General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council and permanent members of UN Security Council.