Pak's Hardball: No Kashmir, No Talks

5 August 2009
Times of India


Islamabad: Pakistan has played hardball with India once again. Defying India's stand that only terror must be discussed, the Pakistani government on Wednesday (August 5) claimed that there will be no talks with India until the Kashmir issue is discussed and sorted out. The Pak government also went on to say that Kashmir needs to be free. Speaking to the media, Foreign Office Spokesman, Abdul Basit went on to say, 'We are not ignoring problems with India. We cannot think of peace in the region without solving the Kashmir issue. Terrorism is also a very big issue in front of us. We are trying to solve all the issues that we are facing.' This statement from the spokesman comes just a day after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi went on to say that they are committed to resuming the dialogue process with India as talks are the only way forward to improve the bilateral ties. Mutual cooperation and dialogue are the only way forward and will benefit both countries, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters yesterday. 'We have to engage to resolve all issues,' he said. Asked about India's recent launch of its first nuclear-powered submarine 'INS Arihant', he said. 'Pakistan does not want to follow an arms race in the region but there is balance due to the strategic ability of Pakistan. This balance clearly indicates that war in not an option in the region and it will be a suicidal attempt,' he said.