No possibility of dialogue with India in prevailing situation: Pakistan
(Sourced from PTI)
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said there is no possibility of diplomatic dialogue with India in the prevailing situation, according to a media report on Thursday. New Delhi has already been maintaining its stand that "talks and terror" cannot go together as it continues to ask Islamabad to take demonstrable steps against terror groups responsible for launching various attacks on India.
"There is no possibility of a backdoor or diplomatic dialogue with India in the prevailing situation...The circumstances are not suitable for any dialogue at the moment," Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper. He made the comments in his hometown Multan on Wednesday.
The relationship nosedived after a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror groups based in Pakistan. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship. India's warplanes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019, in response to the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans.
Withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir's special powers and bifurcating the state into two union territories in August 2019 also evoked a strong reaction from Pakistan, which has been unsuccessfully trying to rally international support against India on the Kashmir issue. India responded by saying that the decision was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.