India rejects Pakistan’s invitation for foreign secretary-level talks


NEW DELHI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — India on Wednesday rejected Pakistan‘s invitation for foreign secretary-level talks on Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Highly placed sources said that Indian Envoy to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale has handed over New Delhi’s response to Pakistan Foreign Office on Islamabad’s invitation for talks on Kashmir.

Two days ago, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary invited his Indian counterpart to visit Islamabad for talks on Kashmir, saying it’s the “international obligation” of both nations to resolve the issue.

Indian-controlled Kashmir has been on the boil since the killing of 22-year-old Burhan Wani, terror outfit Hizbul Mujahiddin’s poster boy for new militancy, by Indian security forces in July.

In the unrest, some 64 civilians have been killed and thousands injured so far in the northern region. Some security forces personnel also sustained injuries in the violence.

India has accused Pakistan of provoking the violence in Kashmir and warned that “Pakistan’s dream of getting Kashmir will not be realised till the end of eternity”.

India and Pakistan both stake claim to the disputed region.

(Source: Xinhua  )