Kashmir and Terror, No headway in India-Pak talk

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In the first secretary level talk after the Pathankot terror attack Pakistan raised Kashmir as the core issue between two countries. Pakistan foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Choudry has told his Indian counter part S Jaisanker that for Pakistan, it is the Kashmir issue that is to be discussed between two countries. External Affairs ministry in its statement said that foreign secretary told that Pakistan can’t be in the denial on the impact of terrorism on bilateral relationships.

After the meeting the Pakistan High Commission has released a statement saying that “all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, were discussed,”

India pressed for consular access to Kulbhusan Jadav, the former naval officer who was arrested in Pakistan alleging that he was spy.

Chaudhry “emphasised that Kashmir remains the core issue that requires a just solution in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people”.

The meeting “provided a useful opportunity to exchange views on recent developments in bilateral context”, the statement added. It is not usual to  release a statement when the dialogue process was on. India has not reacted to the statement by the Pakistan

India has made it clear that it expects firm action from Pakistan in punishing top leaders of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed whose chief Masood Azar, who  masterminded the attack at Pathankot
India was insisting that Pakistan must take action against the terror groups and any dialogue between the two countries will have to include a detailed response from Islamabad on how it plans to act against those responsible for Pathankot terror attacks.
Modi government has allowed a team investigators including an ISI officer to visit Pathankot as part of the enquiry. But Pakistan has still not allowed NIA investigators to visit Pakistan as part of the enquiry.