ISLANABAD – India is denying any chance for dialogue as it continues to support terrorism inside Pakistan and sponsor militants across the country, Islamabad has told Washington, The Nation has reported.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had shared the evidences of India’s involvement in creating instability in Pakistan with the United States.
“We have asked Washington to play its role to stop India. Interestingly, India is accusing us for not ensuring a conducive environment for talks. They are themselves denying any chance for talks all through the years,” said one official.
He added: “We are ready for talks in all circumstances but India should at least stop sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.”
This week, India accused Pakistan of supporting terrorists and spoiling chances of talks between the nuclear armed neighbours. Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “For the talks to go ahead, there should be a conducive environment and atmosphere. And that environment has to be created which is free of terrorism and free of terrorists getting support from Pakistan.”
Pakistan and India had announced to resume talks under the comprehensive bilateral dialogue after Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad in December 2015. However, India called off the plan after the Pathankot terror attack in 2016.
Another official at the foreign ministry said India itself was not interested in talks and has been leveling allegations against Pakistan. “We have told both Washington and New Delhi that Pakistan was aware of the Indian involvement in Pakistan and had evidence . We have shared the evidence with both the US and India,” he maintained.
The official said Pakistan had conveyed to the US and India that Pakistan was ready for talks but India needed to show seriousness for the talk process.