Indo-Pak talks not on cards

Indo-Pak talks not on cards
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India has outrightly rejected the invitation of Pakistan to attend the forthcoming SAARC summit in the neighbouring country. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said, “India will not attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan and unless the neighbouring country stops sponsoring militancy.”
She made it clear that opening of Kartarpur corridor has got nothing to do with the “bilateral dialogue” and it (dialogue) cannot resume till Pakistan stops promoting militancy.
Assertions of Sushma Sawaraj have made it clear that there is no significant shift in New Delhi’s foreign policy and it wants to hold talks with Pakistan on its own terms.On the other hand Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that Kashmir is the only issue between India and Pakistan. “The only issue between us is Kashmir all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get strong,” said Khan at an opening ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.
Both the countries remaining firm on their stands is an indication that there is zero possibility about any talks being held in the near future and ice being broken. Many people believe that till both the countries don’t find a meeting point it would be difficult for them to share a common negotiating table. BJP knows it very well that general elections are approaching and if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government softens its stand at this point of time it would not augur well for the party in the forthcoming polls.
Dialogue will have to wait till the new government is put at place in New Delhi in 2019. Till then status-quo will continue.

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