No Proposal For A Modi-Sharif Meeting In New York

28/08/2015 10:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, as Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, right, watches during Modi’s inauguration in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 26, 2014. Modi took the oath of office as India's new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archival Pakistan. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has said that so far there was no proposal for a meeting between Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India in New York on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations next month.

"There is no such proposal on the table," said Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah.

Khalilullah, however, confirmed to reporters that a meeting between the chiefs of Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers and India's Border Security Force will take place in New Delhi next month.

"Rangers and BSF officials have met in the past as well.

They will be meeting again next month to discuss ceasefire violations at the LoC and the Working Boundary," he said.

Over the weekend, India-Pakistan ties hit a new low after Islamabad decided against sending National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi to hold discussions with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

The proposed talks were called off because of differences over the agenda proposed by Islamabad, and a planned meeting between Kashmiri separatists and Aziz.

The decisions on the meetings between the NSAs and the heads of border guards were taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia.

He said Pakistan has already briefed senior UN officials "about the circumstances under which it was not possible to hold the meeting of the NSAs of Pakistan and India."

Khalilullah said Pakistan would keep the UN informed about all issues of concern with India.

To a question about re-scheduling the NSA-level talks, he said it is for India to indicate its position over the talks.

"As far as Pakistan is concerned, we had very clearly stated that preconditions for talks were not acceptable," he said.

On reports of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's presence in Pakistan, Khalilullah said Pakistan's consistent position on Dawood has been that he is not in Pakistan.

"In this regard, I would like to draw your attention to a statement by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs given in the Parliament a few months ago that whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim were not known. His statement vindicated our position," he said.

When asked if Pakistan plans to raise the Kashmir issue and India's involvement in Pakistan, during Sharif's address to the UNGA, he said such speech always contains a reference to Kashmir as an outstanding dispute, that need to be settled peacefully through dialogue.

He said that composition of a Committee for Constitutional reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan is under consideration. It will be headed by Aziz.

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