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Delhi, Hurriyat talks can't succeed without Pak, claims Qureshi

November 20, 2009 20:16 IST
Pakistan on Friday claimed that any talks between the Indian government and separatist Kashmiri leaders will not be successful without its involvement.

They will 'not be successful' unless Pakistan is involved in such parleys, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told mediapersons in his home town of Multan.

His comments came a day after a meeting of Hurriyat moderates, chaired by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in Srinagar, to decide if they should go for talks with the Centre remained inconclusive, with some of them demanding that all stakeholders, including leaders from outside the separatist amalgam be taken into confidence before going ahead.

Qureshi also denied reports that there were back channels contacts between India and Pakistan. He said Pakistan wanted a 'meaningful' result-oriented dialogue with India and that he had conveyed this to his counterpart S M Krishna in Kabul during their meeting on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of Hamid Karzai as the President of Afghanistan for a second five-year term.

When asked whether Pakistan will face any pressure from the United States to act against perpetrators of Mumbai attacks following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's November 22-25 visit there, Qureshi said Islamabad will not take pressure from any quarter, including Washington, and everybody should realise this.

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