Nawaz discussed all ‘disputed’ matters with Modi in Russia: Rashid


Countering the criticism on Friday’s talks between the Pakistani and Indian premiers, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that all the disputed matters were discussed in their meeting in Russia.

The minister, who noted that topics such as Kashmir, Sir Creek, and Siachen as disputed matters, told the media that these regional issues had been raised in the meeting.

Following Friday’s talk between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Ufa on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), many on both sides of the border had criticised the lack of mention of Kashmir. Even in the joint communique by the foreign secretaries of both countries, released after the meeting, there was no explicit mention of Kashmir even as it called for resumption of the stalled dialogue and vowed progress on specific issues such as fishermen and the Mumbai trial case.

Talking to the state television on Saturday, Rashid described the talks in Russia as a good omen which could help resume the talks in the region.

He added said that India had asked the United Nations to isolate Pakistan. but China intervened and did not support this stance.