Pakistan Kashmir rejects Indo-Pak talks
As a separatist strike keeps Indian Kashmir on the boil, Kashmiris on the Pakistani side express anger on the upcoming Indo-Pak ministerial level talks, Press TV reported.
"I demand of the Pakistani government that if the negotiations have to be carried out, it should be ensured that the talks are result-oriented, and that the Kashmir issue is put on the table with full force," Pakistan-administered Kashmir's Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said on Tuesday.
Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna is scheduled to travel to Islamabad on Thursday (July 15) to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The upcoming talks are a follow-up of an agreement reached by the two countries' prime ministers when they met on the sidelines of a regional conference in Bhutan in April and agreed to get talks going again to tackle their disputes.
Haider questioned the Pakistani government and said, "Are these actions of yours not like pouring salt on the wounds of Kashmiris?"
He was talking at a rally in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Tuesday, to mark the 79th Kashmir Martyrs Day.
Peace in Kashmir is seen as crucial for improving relations between India and Pakistan.