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Pak will not seek talks with India: PM Khan

By The Assam Tribune

ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK, Aug 22 - Pakistan will no longer seek dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rebuffed peace overtures, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, a charge rejected by New Delhi which has repeatedly asked Islamabad to take �credible� action against terror groups to resume the talks.

Stepping up his criticism of India after it revoked Jammu and Kashmir�s special status early this month, Khan told The New York Times that he fears the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

�There is no point in talking to them (India). I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,� he said.

�There is nothing more that we can do,� Khan said.

But India�s ambassador to the United States, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was visiting The NYT editorial board, rejected Khan�s criticism.

�Our experience has been that every time we have taken an initiative toward peace, it has turned out badly for us,� the ambassador said.

�We expect Pakistan to take credible, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorism,� Shringla said.

India accuses Pakistan of providing safe haven to militant groups, which carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, and other parts of the country.

India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by a Pakistan-based terror group, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together.

The Indian envoy also disputed the severity of India�s actions in Jammu and Kashmir.

�We are looking at things going back to normal,� he said. �Restrictions are being eased based on the ground situation.� � PTI

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Pak will not seek talks with India: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK, Aug 22 - Pakistan will no longer seek dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rebuffed peace overtures, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, a charge rejected by New Delhi which has repeatedly asked Islamabad to take �credible� action against terror groups to resume the talks.

Stepping up his criticism of India after it revoked Jammu and Kashmir�s special status early this month, Khan told The New York Times that he fears the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

�There is no point in talking to them (India). I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,� he said.

�There is nothing more that we can do,� Khan said.

But India�s ambassador to the United States, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was visiting The NYT editorial board, rejected Khan�s criticism.

�Our experience has been that every time we have taken an initiative toward peace, it has turned out badly for us,� the ambassador said.

�We expect Pakistan to take credible, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorism,� Shringla said.

India accuses Pakistan of providing safe haven to militant groups, which carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, and other parts of the country.

India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by a Pakistan-based terror group, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together.

The Indian envoy also disputed the severity of India�s actions in Jammu and Kashmir.

�We are looking at things going back to normal,� he said. �Restrictions are being eased based on the ground situation.� � PTI