No talks until restrictions in Kashmir lifted: Qureshi

No talks until restrictions  in Kashmir lifted: Qureshi
Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Islamabad, Sep 1 (IANS) | Publish Date: 9/1/2019 11:19:18 AM IST

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that there will be no talks with India until restrictions in Kashmir was suspended, a media report said on Sunday.

In an exclusive interview with BBC Urdu on Saturday, the Minister said Pakistan had no objection to holding bilateral talks with India and that it would also welcome mediation by a third party, Dawn news reported. He said the talks could take place if India lifted the restrictions in Kashmir which were imposed ahead of New Delhi’s move to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
But Qureshi added that he did not see a favourable atmosphere for negotiations from the Indian side.
Ruling out war, the Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan has never adopted an aggressive policy and always prioritised peace. 
“(A war) will cause loss of people and the world will be affected by it, so war is not an option,” he told BBC Urdu. 
Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan ever since New Delhi on August 5 revoked Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Sanders slam ‘unacceptable” conditions in Kashmir
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expressed concern over the current conditions in Kashmir, terming it “unacceptable”, a media report said on Sunday.
While addressing the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, the Vermont Senator said the US government must ensure the implementation of international laws and should press for a peaceful resolution through the UN, The Express Tribune reported.
The senator said “crackdown in the name of ‘security’ (in Kashmir) is also denying the Kashmiri people access to medical care”. He also condemned the increasing hate crimes against the Muslim community in the US, calling it “domestic terrorism”.
“We must speak out when we have a president and an administration who believes that Islam hates us,” he said. Last week, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar also urged Indian authorities to respect human rights and to de-escalate the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Kashmir Valley.


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