‘Indian Aug 5 action hampered talks way’

-FO urges New Delhi to restore Occupied Valley into August 2019 status for initiating parleys on key issues
-Asks Iran to take action against terrorists behind cross-border attack
-Reiterates Pakistan won’t let its territory be used against Iran and expects same
-Says Islamabad wants pleasant ties with all neighbours, including India

By Our Diplomatic

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reiterated its firm stance that that Indian action of August 5, 2019 was key huddle in initiating talks on key issues between the two arch-rivals.
Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, at her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, said the onus remains on India to create enabling circumstances for meaningful talks adding that the reversal of India’s ille-gal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is key to the initiation of dia-logue. She said Pakistan would appreciate it if the international community persuades India to take such measures.
The FO spokesperson, responding to a question, said Pakistan wants pleasant relationships with all its neighbours, in-cluding India, and seeks to settle all issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue. However, India’s unabated hostility and retrogressive moves have vitiated the environment and hindered the process of peace and collaboration, she added.
Responding to Wednesday’s terror attack from Iranian Soil, the FO called upon the Iranian authorities to investigate the cross-border terror attack in the Panjgur district of Balochistan and bring the perpetrators to task.
The Spokesperson said the terrorists used Iranian soil to target a convoy of security forces patrolling along the Paki-stan-Iran border. She said Pakistan commits that its territory will not be used for undertaking cross-border attacks in Iran, and we expect the same from Iran.
Baloch added that communication channels are active, and Pakistan has shared its concerns regarding the attack with the Iranian authorities. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), on Wednesday, reported that four security personnel were martyred in a terrorist attack carried out from “Iranian soil”.
The FO spokesperson also said that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will visit Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on the Jan-uary 25 to attend the 26th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Economic Cooperation Organisation.

She said the foreign minister will address the moot and hold bilateral meetings with participating ministers and other dignitaries on the sidelines of the event.