India rejects Pakistan's offer of foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir

| Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 16:02
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New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark on Pakistan's atrocities in Balochistan following Islamabad's constant meddling with the Kashmir issue, India on Wednesday rejected Pakistan's overture for a foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir.

Kashmir, which is witnessing violent unrests after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani, has been a contentious issue for the Indian government, with many criticising the army's heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters in the curfew-ridden Valley.

In a letter to India, Islamabad had conveyed its willingness to hold foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue of Kashmir. However, the Indian government, which has steadfastly rejected Pakistan's intervention in the Valley, turned down the offer.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day said that Pakistan should talk about terror in Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir instead of talking about issues in Kashmir.

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