Pakistan demands conducive environment for dialogue from India

Politics and foreign policy should be kept apart from sports, Bilawal Bhutto’s press talk in India

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that India must roll back the status of Kashmir to August 4, 2019. He said that India must foster a climate that is favorable to negotiation.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said during a news conference in Goa, India that he had held meetings with several foreign ministers in addition to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting.

He said that on August 5, 2019 India conducted illegal action which was in violation of UN resolutions, and that had altered the status between the two countries.

Pakistan has a solid and clear position on Kashmir, said Bilawal. The Foreign Minister also said that Pakistan’s policy towards Kashmir has not changed, relations have been impacted by India’s unilateral actions.

Bilawal further said that India must foster an environment that is conducive to dialogue. He said the citizens of both countries, Pakistan and India, wanted peace.

In answer to a question, he said that he had no issues in shaking hands with the Indian Foreign Minister in front of the camera, and that the Indian Foreign Minister had no trouble doing the same.

In response to a question on cricket, the Foreign Minister asked that an international blind cricket tournament was being held in India for which the Pakistani team needed to participate but the visa was denied.

Bilawal then asked why India was frightened of Pakistan’s cricket team. He said that politics and foreign policy should be kept apart from sports.