Pak-India Starts Backdoor Diplomacy On Kashmir

17 November 2009
International News Network

Islamabad: Backdoor diplomacy between Pakistan and India on lingering issue of Kashmir has been started in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, reported a private TV channel. The channel while quoting sources said that Pakistanís former Foreign Secretary, Riaz Muhammad Khan is in Thailand representing Pakistan while from Indian side, Advisor on National Security NK Nariyan is participating in talks. According to sources, composite dialogue between Pakistan and India was suspended after the Mumbai attacks and need of backdoor diplomacy was must. Riaz Muhammad Khan before travelling to Bangkok, met with the President, Prime Minister and officials of foreign office. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during talks with SM Krishna suggested back channel diplomacy but it was rejected by India at that time. Meanwhile, Chairman All Parties Huriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed backdoor diplomacy between Pakistan and India, saying APHC delegation to visit Pakistan after Eid. Talking to a private TV channel, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that APHC is happy over any backdoor diplomacy as it wants cordial relations between Pakistan and India. The Chairperson APHC also demanded the start of Composite Dialogue between two nuclear countries at the earliest. Responding to a question regarding backdoor talks between India and APHC, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that such talks are on the initial stage, adding without addressing real issues, any talks cannot be proceed. He said that APHC has principled stance of inclusion of Pakistan, India and Kashmiri leadership in any talks and solution of Kashmir issue should be based in any talks. Mirwaiz said that India has been clarified that the ground situation should be improved in Kashmir before starting talks.