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Talks with India are inevitable for peace: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan counteracted India’s harsh posture on dialogue, saying on Thursday that it does not accept stipulations on complex dialogue with the neighboring country.

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Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam during her weekly briefing in Islamabad said, “Dialogue with India is not a favor, but a necessity for peace and development in South Asia.”

The proclamation came up to a day after the Indian defense minister issued a new “red line” by saying that Pakistan would have to decide between talking to the Indian government or Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership.

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“All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders are not separatists, but freedom fighters who are carrying out their movement from an occupied territory,” the spokesperson responding to Arun Jaitley’s statement said.

Jaitley, who hold the assortment of defense and finance, also said, while address the India Economic Summit in New Delhi, that “unless Pakistan makes a conscious choice, a dialogue with Pakistan will not be possible.”

In August, India called off the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, a day after Pakistan’s diplomat penciled in meeting with Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders in New Delhi.

Since then, both sides have also engaged in border skirmishes, killing dozens along the litigious Line of Control between the two nuclear arch rivals.

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