Pak wants to make a ‘spectacle’ by meeting separatists; India disappointed: Modi
NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on cancellation of
talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India was ‘disappointed’ as
Pakistan wanted to make a ‘spectacle’ by meeting separatist leaders but said
efforts would continue to build peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with
He laid the ground rules for future talks, asserting
that “any meaningful bilateral dialogue necessarily requires an environment
that is free from terrorism and violence.”
In an interaction with the Japanese media, Modi said “India
desires peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan.... India has no
hesitation to discuss any outstanding issue with Pakistan within the bilateral
framework that has been established under the Simla Agreement and the Lahore
He was responding when asked about the cancellation of
Foreign Secretary-level talks which were scheduled for August 25 in Islamabad
after Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit had met Kashmiri
separatist leaders here prior to that.
“We were disappointed that Pakistan sought to make a
spectacle of these efforts and went ahead with talks with secessionist elements
from Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi just prior to the meeting of the Foreign
Secretaries,” Modi said.
At the same time, he added, “We will continue to make
efforts to build peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan.”
He recalled that he had a “very good meeting"
with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in May, 2014, when he attended the swearing-in
ceremony of his government here. We together decided that the Foreign
Secretaries should meet and explore how to take relations forward,” he noted.
Modi was asked to elaborate on BJP’s election
manifesto which said its government will “revise and update” the nuclear
doctrine and “make it relevant to challenges of current times.”
In his reply, the Prime Minister said “I can tell you
that currently, we are not taking any initiative for a review of our nuclear
He noted that India’s nuclear doctrine was adopted
during the previous NDA government and has in general governed India's nuclear
weapons posture since then.
“While every government naturally takes into account
the latest assessment of strategic scenarios and makes adjustments as
necessary, there is a tradition of national consensus and continuity on such
issues,” he added.