Kashmiri women carry cow dung to be used as fertilizer as they walk in a mustard field in Bijbehara, about 55 km south of Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Kashmiri women carry cow dung to be used as fertilizer as they walk in a mustard field in Bijbehara, about 55 km south of Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

An Indian embassy representative in Islamabad on Wednesday handed over a letter to the government that said New Delhi would talk about “current and relevant” issues – but not Kashmir.

Kashmiri women carry gunny bags containing fodder for cattle as they walk in a mustard field in Bijbehara, about 55 km south of Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Kashmiri women carry gunny bags containing fodder for cattle as they walk in a mustard field in Bijbehara, about 55 km south of Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Pakistan’s invitation for talks at the foreign secretary level came on Monday – India’s Independence Day.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the invitation letter underlined the commitment of the neighbouring countries to resolve the Kashmir dispute, in keeping with UN Security Council resolutions.

In 1948, the UN told both countries to resolve the issue through peaceful means by letting the people of Kashmir decide through a referendum which country they want to join.

British-ruled India gained independence in 1947 as the two separate nations of Pakistan and India – the former celebrates its independence on August 14, the latter on August 15.

In his speech that day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province after Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain talked about India-administered Kashmir.

The nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours – who have fought two of three wars over Kashmir – trade accusations of supporting militants in each other’s territories.

Balochistan has seen unrest in recent years, while at least 50 civilians have died since July in India-administered Kashmir.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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