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India vitiated environment for talks by revoking Article 370, onus lies with New Delhi: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday said that it has consistently underscored the need for a “meaningful” and “result-oriented” dialogue with India and peaceful resolution of all outstanding topics, including on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, at a weekly briefing, said that for any “meaningful” and “result oriented dialogue” to take place, a “conducive” and “enabling environment” was of utmost importance.

“We believe that India, through its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5th, 2019 has vitiated the environment, therefore, the onus is on India to create an enabling environment so that a ‘meaningful’ and ‘result-oriented’ dialogue can take place,” he said.

Indo-Pak relations deteriorated after India announced withdrawing special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August, 2019. India has maintained that issue related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was entirely an internal matter of the country.

Chaudhry said that Pakistan always highlighted the importance of the role by the international community in averting risks to the regional peace and stability and facilitating a lasting resolution to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, in accordance with the UNSC resolutions.

India has told Pakistan that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Islamabad in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.

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