Pakistan formally invites India for talks on Kashmir dispute


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Monday formally invited India for talks on Jammu and Kashmir dispute that has been the main bone of contention between the two neighbouring countries.


According to a press release issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO), Pakistan has invited Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Pakistan for talks on Kashmir dispute.

“The Foreign Secretary called in the Indian High Commissioner this afternoon (15 August 2016) and handed over a letter addressed to his Indian counterpart, inviting him to visit Pakistan for talks on Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” the press release read.

The letter highlights the international obligation of both the countries – India and Pakistan – to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, it added.

Earlier, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue.

The spokesperson called upon the international community to play its role for the early resolution of Kashmir dispute. He said that Pakistan had highlighted the Kashmir issue at all the international fora and would continue to do this till its resolution.

About the ongoing brutalities of Indian forces in the held-Kashmir, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said since the start of indigenous movement of independence, over 100,000 Kashmiris had lost their lives, while 20,000 suffered physical disabilities.