Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on Friday that he does not see an atmosphere for talks with India at this stage, citing what he called a ‘human lockdown’ in Kashmir.
“In my honest opinion, I do not see an atmosphere for talks,” he said at the foreign office in Islamabad.
Qureshi rejected suggestions that messages for talks have been sent from across the border.
“There are some quarters who have been saying that talks should take place, but I do not think this the time, or the atmosphere is right for this, as the situation in Indian held Kashmir is very bad.”
“There are restrictions on movement of people and there are human rights abuses taking place. There is a communication blackout. How can we have talks in such an atmosphere?”
He said that India needs to rethink its decision of removing the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
“Only then can we have talks,” he said adding that the Indian action has been rejected both by Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. “India’s stance on Kashmir has suffered because of its actions.”