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Islamabad refuses backdoor talks with New Delhi

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  1. Kabira

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    ISLAMABAD:

    Pakistan has refused to engage in backdoor diplomacy with India after some powerful countries as well as certain Muslim states sought de-escalation in the brewing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours over Kashmir.


    Prime Minister Imran Khan was also requested to tone down his verbal attacks on his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in which he equated him with Adolf Hitler.

    However, Pakistan has turned down the requests and made it clear that it would only engage with India through quiet or conventional diplomacy after New Delhi was persuaded to meet certain conditions, officials privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

    These conditions include lifting of the curfew and other restrictions imposed in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), a day before India stripped the disputed region of its special status on August 5.

    When the deputy foreign minister of Saudi Arabia and the foreign minister of UAE travelled together to Islamabad on September 3, they came with a ‘message’ on behalf of their leadership as well as some other powerful countries urging Pakistan to engage in backchannel diplomacy with India.

    Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Al-Nahyan met both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during their daylong trip. They also held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior officials.

    “The discussions were so confidential that only top officials of the foreign ministry were allowed to sit in those meetings,” an official told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity.

    According to the official, both the Saudi and UAE diplomats conveyed their willingness to play a role in defusing tensions between Pakistan and India. One of the proposals on the table was to encourage both countries to hold backdoor talks with each other.

    While the international interlocutors were willing to persuade India to ease some of the restrictions imposed in IOK, they requested Pakistan to stop targeting Modi.

    Since August 5, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly targeted the Indian prime minister, questioning his links with Hindu extremist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and even equating him with Hitler.

    The Indian prime minister, during one of his telephonic conversations with US President Donald Trump, complained about PM Imran’s blistering verbal attacks on him.

    While those international efforts helped prevented any serious escalation in tensions as also mentioned by President Trump recently, Pakistan refused to agree to any kind of engagement with India.

    After the Pulwama incident that led the two countries on the brink of war, Pakistan, with the help of international players, engaged with India through backchannels to prevent further escalation in tensions. But this time, Pakistan has made it clear that it would not engage in a dialogue with India unless there was a third party intervention and guarantees.

    Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, at his last weekly briefing, had categorically said there was no backdoor diplomacy under way with India to normalise the situation.

    Pakistan’s tougher stance is aimed at capitalising the positive momentum it has gained in Kashmir diplomacy. The opinion within the power corridors is that Pakistan should continue with this approach during the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.

    PM Imran has already announced that in his address on September 27 at the UNGA session, he would expose India’s illegal move in occupied Kashmir.

    But at the same time, international players have not yet given up efforts to encourage both sides to open some channels of communication.

    The issue of Kashmir will certainly figure prominently during PM Imran’s two-day trip to Saudi Arabia that will start from September 19.

    His visit is seen as significant against the backdrop of the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has spoken with PM Imran at least four times on the phone since August 5.

    Given the Saudi crown prince’s close ties with both Imran and Modi, he is likely to offer his ‘good offices’ to reduce tensions between the two neighbours.
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2057377/1-islamabad-refuses-backdoor-talks-new-delhi/
     
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  2. Imran Khan

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    Good no talks with facist terrorist modi and bjp.rss gang
     
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  3. Kabira

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    Talks with genocidal Hitler wannabe are pointless as long as Kashmiris are locked up with plans of ethnic cleansing.
     
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    No use of talks. ...

    Enough peace moves made ... That gutter mentality does not understand ... PAF shud have dropped all 9 aircraft on Feb 27th... Thats the only language they understand
     
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  5. Pakistan Ka Beta

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    Kashmir is red line of Pakistan . KSA n UAE should hold back channel talks with Iran first . Good going by Pakistan .
     
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  6. N.Siddiqui

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    Winning the hybrid war here...

    The Indian prime minister, during one of his telephonic conversations with US President Donald Trump, complained about PM Imran’s blistering verbal attacks on him.
     
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    cant negotiate with hindu nazis.. Pakistan need to see how the allies dealt with Nazis


    yet your government is lobby day and night to get Pakistanis banned from twitter?


    dont act as if it doesnt get to you.. it does.
     
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    What kind of Muslim leaders they are. Instead of pressurizing and giving shut up call to Modi, they came here to tell us that start back door talks.. Vow they are ugly and pathetic
     
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  9. Salza

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    Comparing the fascist Modi with Hitler perfectly working and hurting them on diplomatic front. Seriously if you compare both the jerks, they ain't different after all.

    - Hitler hated jews, Modi hates Muslims
    - Hitler used to prosecute his own people and others so as Modi, as India considers Kashmiris/Maoists/Nagas as Indians
    - Hitler was war monger so as this illiterate chai wala, Modi
    - Hitler was racist and had supremacy complex so as Modi
     
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  10. PakGuns

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    They want Back door talks now... Khalistan movement have really brought them to their knees.....
     
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    Good IK.

    There should be no compromise on Kashmir, until it is liberated from the Indian occupiers.

    Terrorist Indian state should be exposed all around the world, for what it is.
     
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    In any case, even if talks are held; they are not going to lead to anywhere, under the prevailing circumstances.
     
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  13. Simurgh

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    Very good policy, just front-door talks no backdoor talks
     
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  14. Synchonicist

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    Hitler is also alleged to have killed/gassed 6 million+ Jews, a figure that a lot of Pakistanis on this forum dispute or call into question.

    How many muslims has Modi killed ?
     
  15. Salza

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    Go and ask Kashmiris. Go and ask the families of those muslims who were lynched by his rss supporters on merely eating beef. Modi is fighting a 'cold' war against Muslims in India.
     
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