‘I am prepared for talks ─ are they?’: FM Qureshi throws down gauntlet on dialogue with Delhi

'I'm ready for talks ─ are they?': FM Qureshi throws down gauntlet on dialogue with Delhi

Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday stated that the Pakistani authorities is prepared for talks with India.

In an unique interview with Sky Information, Qureshi was requested by Dominic Waghorn on World View whether or not Pakistan had plans to liberate Kashmir.

“The prime minister is saying ‘get up’. The state of affairs in Indian-occupied Kashmir is deteriorating by the day. And it is not simply the prime minister ─ the United Nations and the All-Events Parliamentary Group constituted by the Home of Commons are all saying that; voices in India are speaking about how they’re dropping, how they’re alienating Kashmiris and that it is a misplaced trigger. So this voice is rising throughout,” the overseas minister responded.

Waghorn famous that “there are a lot of in Kashmir who don’t desire freedom on Pakistani phrases”, to which Qureshi stated: “Nice, let’s have a plebiscite. Let the individuals resolve. That is a dedication, that is a dedication by India as a part of the UN agenda. Give the individuals the proper to self-determination, and no matter they resolve, Pakistan will settle for.”

The host noticed that the forwards and backwards between Pakistan and India had continued “for many years”, and requested why each side “will not sit down within the spirit of friendliness”.

“By your programme, I am telling the Indians ‘Let’s sit and speak’. I am prepared. Are they?” Qureshi challenged.

‘Everybody wants to grasp Afghanistan has modified’
Waghorn, referring to the continued Afghan peace talks, requested Qureshi what he anticipated to occur within the present state of affairs ─ “When the Taliban get into energy, will they permit the Al Qaeda again in beneath their coattails?”

Qureshi stated he did not suppose so. “It is not of their curiosity to do this. They’re good individuals, they wish to get on, they wish to rebuild their nation,” he defined.

“It has been ravaged ─ for many years they have been in a struggle state of affairs. Any nation, any individuals would need reconstruction, schooling, well being, happiness, prosperity, livelihoods. They are not any completely different from us,” he informed Waghorn.

The interviewer was curious as as to whether re-integrating the Taliban again into the Afghan political system meant “ladies again beneath the burqa”.

The overseas minster was fast to dispel this notion. “In no way. Afghanistan has modified through the years … The earlier everybody realises this, the higher.”

“You can’t lock ladies up anymore, you can’t bar them from schooling. These days are gone,” he asserted.

Waghorn puzzled whether or not it was a “naive expectation” to imagine the Taliban have been “new and improved”.

“I believe they’re real looking, pragmatic, and that they’re going to transfer on,” Qureshi said.

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