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India Accepts Pakistan’s Proposal To Discuss Terrorism, But Keeps Kashmir Off The Table

India Accepts Pakistan’s Proposal To Discuss Terrorism, But Keeps Kashmir Off The Table

India is willing to send its diplomat to Pakistan to discuss cross border terrorism, reported Reuters on Wednesday.

Earlier, reports that India would not participate in the foreign secretary level-discussions had been making rounds.

But now, according to Reuters, foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is set to attend talks on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart.

Earlier this week, Pakistan formally invited India for a dialogue on Kashmir in a letter which was handed over to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad. India has always maintained that talks between the two countries should focus on “contemporary and relevant” issues in Indo-Pak relations.

The invitation came close on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, when he brought up the subject of State repression in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

HuffPost India’s contributing editor Shivam Vij commented in his column for the website yesterday that by bringing up Balochistan in response to Pakistan’s activism in the turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, India hopes to put the Pakistani government on the back-foot.

“Pakistan will now have to pay a new price for its diplomatic activism on Kashmir: face Indian activism on Balochistan. Not just Balochistan, PM Modi also brought up Pakistani bombing of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to flush out militants of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, and human rights violations in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, including Gilgit,” Vij had said.

The diplomatic temperature between India and Pakistan has been rising steadily following the death of the 22-year-old militant Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, in an encounter with the Indian Army.

65 people, including two policemen, have been killed and many others injured in clashes in the Valley that began on 9 July.