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Ball Is In Pakistan's Court Now, Says MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup
Responding to Pakistan’s offer to hold NSG level bilateral talks with India, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said that, “Ball is in Pakistan’s court now, they made an offer, we responded to it. Now upto them to reply.” (Image: ANI/Twitter)

Responding to Pakistan’s offer to hold NSG level bilateral talks with India, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said that, “Ball is in Pakistan’s court now, they made an offer, we responded to it. Now upto them to reply.”

Slamming Pakistan for its comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossed the “red line” by talking about Balochistan and asserted that it will “forcefully” raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session next month, saying that, “Pakistan recognises no red lines in conduct of its own diplomacy.”

“The Prime Minister strongly pleaded the case of Kashmir during General Assembly session last year and we will again forcefully raise the issue,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said earlier today.

“It is the violation of the UN Charter…He (Modi) crossed the red line by talking about Balochistan,” Zakaria added.

“FS had underlined to Pakistan that it has no locus standi on J&K which is an integral part of India,” he said while adding that no decision had been taken on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s participation in SAARC FM’s meeting in Islamabad.

Talking about the atrocities being committed in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Swarup said that MEA would do whatever it takes to help the people in the region.

“MEA will do whatever it has to do, after all people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir are also our people,” he said.

“Pakistan not allowing UN human rights team to visit PoK is I think a message in itself,” he added.