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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Islamabad: Pakistan, in a statement made on Saturday, decided to call off the NSA talks with India saying it has “come to the conclusion that the NSA talks would not serve any purpose if conducted on the basis of the conditions” put forth by India.

Sushma_Swaraj_at_an_Indian_Diaspora_event_in_London,_UKPutting a stop to the uncertainty over the talks, scheduled to be held between the National Security Advisors of India, Ajit Doval, and Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz, on August 23-24, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that talks held on the two conditions laid down by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would not serve any purpose. It accused Swaraj of “restricting the agenda” of the talks to only two items: creating an atmosphere free from terrorism and tranquility on the Line of Control.

Pakistan said that terrorism was always simultaneously discussed with other issues according to their composite dialogues. “It is not reasonable for India to now assume the right to decide unilaterally that from now onward, other issues will be discussed after terrorism has been discussed and eliminated.”

Swaraj had said that Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz was welcome to come for the August 23-24 parley, but he has to stick to the Ufa agenda to discuss only terrorism and the Kashmiri separatists have no place in the dialogue.

The Pakistan Foreign Office said that if the only purpose of the NSA talks was to discuss terrorism, “then instead of improving the prospects of peace it will only intensify the blame game and further vitiate the atmosphere”.

It said it had proposed that besides discussing terrorism, the modalities and possible time schedule for other outstanding issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, also be discussed “in keeping with the Ufa statement”.

With inputs from IANS

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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Plight of Kashmiri Pandits continues: Community members. Flickr

Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Kashmiri Hindus protest renaming of Shankaracharya Hill. Flickr

Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)

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