Pakistan says peace talks with India cannot be held
August 22 2015 08:15 PM
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Advisor to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign, Affairs Sartaj Aziz, shows dossiers on Indian intelligence agency's involvement in promoting terrorism in Pakistan, during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Peace talks between India and Pakistan collapsed on Saturday, hours before they were scheduled to start, with Pakistan saying the talks will not serve any purpose.
The neighbours had for weeks blamed each other for putting at risk the much-awaited meeting of their national security advisers (NSA) and failed to arrive at a common agenda.
Pakistan's decision came after India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said the talks will not take place if Pakistan's adviser Sartaj Aziz insisted on meeting separatists from Kashmir.
"We have come to the conclusion that the proposed NSA level talks between the two countries would not serve any purpose," Pakistan's foreign ministry said late on Saturday.
India had said it was ready to discuss only terrorism-related issues at the talks and nothing else.
"It is not reasonable for India to now assume the right to decide unilaterally that from now onwards, other issues will be discussed after terrorism has been discussed and eliminated," the statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry said.

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