Aug 13

India rejects Pakistan talk offer, seeks action against militants

india pak pakdefenceblogNEW DELHI: India on Tuesday refused to hold negotiations with arch-rival Pakistan until the issue of killing of Indian soldiers is resolved amicably, media reports.

Briefing the media, Spokesman of the Indian External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said that Islamabad wants negotiations but New Delhi has rejected the talk offer.

“Talks can’t be held unless the issue of the killing of our soldiers is resolved,” he said.

However, he said that peace offer made by the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a ‘welcome sign.’

Responding to a question, the Indian foreign ministry official said that India takes responsibility for the safety of Pakistani nationals in India.

He said that New Delhi also wants resolve all outstanding issues with Islamabad but Pakistan first has to take action those who have killed Indian soldiers.

It may be mentioned that five Indian soldiers were killed on August 6 at the line of control in the disputed Kashmir region. India blamed Pakistan for the killings – a charge denied by Islamabad.