Prime Minister’s aide, Dr Moeed Yusuf on Tuesday said that Pakistan was ready to hold talks with India, provided Kashmir was included as a third party. Pakistan on Tuesday declared that talks with India were possible only after the acceptance of it’s five preconditions.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf in an interview with Indian media outlet The Wire, said that India had expressed a “desire for conversation” but said that Pakistan will only move to resume any peaceful dialogue if India agrees to the immediate release of occupied Kashmir’s political prisoners, lifting the military blockades from the territory, reversal of New Delhi’s decision to strip the region of its special status, ending human rights violations in the valley and to put a stop to state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan.
India revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status last year that allowed non-Kashmiris to settle in the disputed region. In the interview with Indian journalist Karan Thapar, the PM’s aide also brought up Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing’s (RAW’s), involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.
The Indian journalist questioned why Pakistan was “so worked up” on the Kashmir issue which was India’s “internal” matter. Dr Yusuf said Pakistan stood by UNSC resolutions to take a peaceful approach as the way forward to support over eight million Kashmiris.
“If the resolutions bar permanent change of territorial status, there will be no permanent change,” Yusuf stated, adding that the matter was being debated in Pakistan since “this is how democratic societies” work. The SAPM quoted Kashmiri leader Farooq Abdullah, who during an interview with Thapar had said that Kashmiris living in the occupied territory “would much rather be ruled by Chinese” than India.
“When you did something unilateral you had to bring in a 180,000 troops, lie to the world that there was a terrorist threat and then Indian government perpetrated terrorism on August 5. And a year later, you had to impose curfew.”
“When you say that the wishes of the people don’t matter, that’s where you go wrong.”
“The day India recognises that only the wishes of people of Kashmir matter, this issue can be resolved,” Yusuf told Thapar.
Yusuf also said that Prime Minister Imran has been open to resolve matter through dialogue and focusing on normalising the lives of Kashmiris but his counterpart in India was pushing the issue in an opposite direction.
In response to a question regarding granting Gilgit Baltistan a provincial status he informed that no decision was yet taken but added that the matter was the subject of “public debate”. He added that the people of Gilgit Baltistan have said “We want to be fully integrated with Pakistan.” He further clarified that Pakistan’s decision would be in line with the resolutions passed by the UUNSC.
The SAPM also revealed further information about India’s tactics on state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan as he exposed that officers from the Indian agency RAW had made payments in millions of dollars in to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership through Indian Embassy funds. He added that Pakistan was aware of the persons involved and the ranks of officers in contact with terror leadership and would soon reveal Indian activities to the world through a detailed dossier based on lengthy investigations.
He also revealed that India had financed anti-Pakistan terrorist groups and supported their merger with the TTP earlier this year.