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Pakistan officially invites India for dialogue on Kashmir

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry invited his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar to visit Islamabad for talks
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Pakistan has officially invited India to discuss on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir as the violences and relentless protests reach its peak in Kashmir Valley.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry invited his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar to visit Islamabad for talks.

The Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan was called by Chaudhry and handed over an invitation addressed to Jaishankar, the Foreign Office said.

The letter highlights the international obligation of both the countries to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz announced last week that the Foreign Secretary would write to his Indian counterpart to extend a formal invitation for the talks.

He had said Pakistan would invite India for the Kashmir talks despite their stalled Composite Dialogue process.

India and Pakistan dispute the ownership of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan holds the northern third of the state and India the southern two-third.

New Delhi accuses Islamabad of arming and training the militants fighting to end Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan says it gives only moral and diplomatic backing.

India-Pakistan ties have become frosty after largescale violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

On July 25, Indian authorities arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali in Kashmir.

-IANS

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