India willing to talk to Pakistan on terror, not Kashmir

If Pakistan wants to talk Kashmir India wants to talk about terror that is the straight forward message that India has sent to its neighbor in response to its Foreign Secretary’s overture for talks with his Indian counterpart .

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is ready to travel to Islamabad provided talks are confined to addressing terror in India emanating from Pakistan’s soil India has categorically said Kashmir is off limits for Pakistan as it has no locus standi over the issue.

Giving a massive diplomatic jolt to Pakistan..India has rejected its neighbour’s offer for talks on the Kashmir issue.

But sources say India has laid conditions to accepting Pak’s offer of foreign secretary-level talks if they are confined to cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan’s soil.

It was on Monday that India’s High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale was handed over an invitation by P Foreign Secretary Aijaz Chaudhary.

It asked India’s FS S Jaishankar to travel to Islamabad for talks on Kashmir.

The war of words over Kashmir has been escalating between India and Pakistan in recent days..

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had lambasted Pakistan in Parliament over cross-border terrorism and fomenting trouble in Kashmir after returning from Islamabad’s SAARC Home Ministers’ meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi had thereafter made it clear during the all party meet over kashmir that whenever India engages in dialogue with Pakistan next it will only talk about Pak Occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile rwo soldiers and a police personnel have been martyred in an ambush of a military convoy by terrorists in the Kashmir valley.

The police say the attack took place in Baramulla district’s Khwajabagh area around 2.30 in the morning on Wednesday.An operation is being carried to hunt down the attackers.

Curfew still remains in force in Srinagar, Anantnag town and Budgam’s Magam area.Protests have hit normal life in the valley since the 8th of July killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani.

Wednesday also saw Army Chief Dalbir Singh in Srinagar to take stock of the situation in Kashmir with senior officials.

He was briefed about Pakistan’s repeated attempts to infiltrate terrorists into India’s territory..Pakistan has been up to its dirty tricks despite India making multiple efforts to improve relations with it ever since the Modi govt came to power at the Centre in 2014.

Not only did Prime Minister Modi invite his Pak counterpart Nawaz Sharif for his swearing in ceremony.

He also made an unscheduled stop at Lahore last year to attend the Pak PM’s family function.

Even at Ufa and at the sidelines of the Paris climate conference..PM Modi held talks with Sharif to get ties moving in a positive direction.

Progress happened at the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference last year when Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj agreed to a comprehensive bilateral dialogue with Pakistan after meeting Nawaz Sharif and his Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz.

But Pakistan’s terror tactics and Kashmir meddling have knotted up ties since then.