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Stop terror for talks: Narendra Modi tells Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan National Day

“All outstanding issues with Pakistan can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence,” Modi wrote to Sharif.

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Updated: Mar 24, 2015, 03.52 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: Terror emanating from Pakistan must stop for a fruitful dialogue between two the countries, PM Modi told his counterpart while greeting him on Pakistan’s National Day on Monday. Both countries also sparred over Hurriyat leaders’ confabulations with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, with New Delhi making it clear that there was no role for a third party on Kashmir.

“All outstanding issues with Pakistan can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence,” Modi wrote to the Pak PM in the backdrop of recent terror attacks in Kathua and Samba in J&K. “I have written to Pakistan PM Mr Nawaz Sharif, conveying my greetings on the National Day of Pakistan,” Modi tweeted. “It is my firm conviction that all outstanding issues can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror & violence,” he said in another tweet. Last month, Modi had telephoned Sharif and also send the foreign secretary to all Saarc countries, including Pakistan.

Basit, who held meetings with Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and others on Sunday invited them to the Pakistan National Day celebrations in New Delhi, said that India was not against these interactions. “I don’t think Indian government is objecting. I would rather suggest my media friends not to make an issue out of a non-issue,” Basit said on the sidelines of an event here to mark the Pakistan National Day.

However, India hit out, saying “the Government of India prefers to speak for itself. There should be no scope for misunderstanding or misrepresenting India’s position on the role of the so-called Hurriyat. Let me reiterate there are only two parties and there is no place for a third party in resolution of India-Pakistan issues,” MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

He added “the only way forward to proceed on all outstanding issues is a peaceful bilateral dialogue within the framework of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration”. India had called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan last year after Basit held consultations with Hurriyat leaders on the eve of the official talks.

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