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Islamabad: In yet another attempt to bring the Kashmir issue, Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan would hold talks with India only if the Kashmir issue was on the agenda.

Sartaj-AzizHe is geared up to present a dossier of supposed Indian interference in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

Recently, the NSA level talks were cancelled by Pakistan as India rejected its demand of meeting the separatist leaders from the valley and making them a party to the dialogue process in direct or indirect way.

Talking about the necessity of dialogue on the Kashmir issue, Aziz claimed that entire world had supported Islamabad’s stance that the two countries need to hold dialogue on all the outstanding issues including Kashmir.

It is apparent that in times when the country is reeling under internal issues as well as pressure from India producing evidences of Pakistan sponsoring terrorism as a state agenda, Sartaj Aziz is trying to shift focus from the main issue of terrorism.

India recently claimed that Pakistan was giving shelter to dreaded terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. This claim was rejected by Aziz and he said a befitting reply would be given to India on this.

The advisor said a meeting between Pakistan Rangers’ chief and commander of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) would be held in New Delhi on Wednesday. He said the meeting is aimed at reducing tension along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Pakistan NSA made sure that he blamed India on everything that was wrong with Pakistan as he regretted that India’s policy was anti-Pakistan. The advisor made it clear that the issue of the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement will be raised at the meeting.

He also announced that Pakistan would present a dossier on Indian interference in the country at the UN.

(With inputs from IANS)

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