Some powerful countries including Muslim states, have requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to show a flexible behavior towards backdoor talks with India’s top leadership to de-escalate Kashmir tensions. PM has also been requested to tone down his verbal attacks on his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in which he equated him with Adolf Hitler.
The reports of backdoor diplomacy started circulating after the visit of deputy foreign minister of Saudi Arabia and the foreign minister of UAE travelled together to Islamabad on September 3. Diplomatic sources has said that they came with a ‘message’ on behalf of their leadership as well as some other powerful countries urging Pakistan to engage in backchannel diplomacy with India.
They hold important meetings with Pakistan’s top leadership as according to an official, the discussions were so confidential that only top officials of the foreign ministry were allowed to sit in those meetings.
However Pakistan has rejected all these requests regarding backdoor diplomacy on Kashmir issue and once again made it clear that it would only engage with India through quiet or conventional diplomacy if Indian authorities agreed to fulfill Pakistan’s conditions including lifting of the curfew and other restrictions imposed in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), since August 5, when Indian government revoked special status of Kashmir.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan in an interview with Al-Jazeera made it clear that Pakistan would never start a war, and he said that “I am clear: I am a pacifist, I am anti-war, I believe that wars do not solve any problems.”
He added that if a conventional war breaks out between Pakistan and India, there was every possibility that it could end up into a nuclear conflict which was unthinkable adding that war with India could be a possibility.
When asked if there was a prospect of a resumption of dialogue, PM Imran ruled out any prospects for the resumption of dialogue with India. “There is no question of talking to the Indian government right now after they revoked this article 370 of their own constitution and they annexed Kashmir illegally against the UN Security Council resolution which had guaranteed the people that they would be able to hold a referendum, a plebiscite, to decide their destiny,” PM Imran added.