No backdoor diplomacy taking place with India: FO

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday categorically said that there is no backdoor diplomacy taking place between Pakistan and India to normalize the tense situation between the two Countries.

“There is no backdoor diplomacy with India,” Dr Faisal said while responding to a question at his weekly media briefing in Islamabad.

To another question, the Spokesperson reiterated that the struggle for Jammu & Kashmir is a process which spans over seven-decades and is not an event. He said that it is a continuing struggle which Pakistan and the Kashmiris have been undertaking with utmost conviction.

When asked that is Pakistan planning to recognize Israel as being reported in the media?, Dr Faisal termed it a baseless propaganda, and said that there is no change in our policy.

“Our policy of non-recognition of Israel remains unchanged,” he said.

On the Afghan issues, the Spokesperson said that Pakistan has always maintained that the only solution to the Afghan conflict lies in a politically negotiated settlement led and owned by the Afghans themselves.

“We remain hopeful that the peace talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban would be resumed at the earliest and process will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations which are imperative for finding durable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” Dr Mohammad Faisal said.

“We hope that the momentum, so generated, will be maintained by the international stakeholders for a peaceful outcome in Afghanistan.”