India-Pakistan call off talks amid accusations

India and Pakistan talks collapse due to mutual mistrust and surge in border skirmishes

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gestures during a press conference in New Delhi on Aug. 22, 2015.

The Planned high-level talks between India and Pakistan due to start today, have collapsed on Saturday, as the nuclear-armed rivals were unable to overcome deep-rooted mutual mistrust.

Despite the need for dialogue between the two countries, Pakistan pulled out of the talks, after India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said the talks would not take place if Pakistan's NSA, did not drop plans to meet separatists from the disputed region of Kashmir.

Swaraj also said India would only discuss terrorism-related issues, whereas Pakistan wanted a wider agenda that would, among other things, discuss the Kashmir question.


The regional People's Democratic Party (PDP) that rules Jammu and Kashmir, hoped that the two countries would soon reconvene the crucial talks, keeping in mind the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.       

"These two countries can't afford to remain hostile and un-talk between each other. So the only thing that should sustain between India and Pakistan is dialogue. They should again initiate dialogue. They should keep talking to each other. The aspiration of Kashmir is that two countries should come closer -politically, socially and economically," said Waheed Para, PDP spokesperson, in Srinagar.

The series of militant attacks and border skirmishes was an obstacle for the prospects of the long-awaited talks. Swaraj said there had been 91 ceasefire violations since the meeting between the premiers.   

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming separate nations in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which both claim in full but rule in part.

New Delhi has for years accused Pakistan of backing separatist Muslim rebels in India's part of Kashmir. Pakistan denies the allegations.


TRTWorld and agencies