No offer of talks made to Pak: Singh tells Parliament

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The government today said it has made no offer of talks to Pakistan and asserted that any meaningful dialogue with that country can be held only in a violence-free atmosphere.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether Pakistan has repeatedly rejected the offer of talks made to it, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said no such offer was made by India.
"India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to abide by its commitment not to allow any territory under its control to be used for violence against India in any manner," he said.
 The minister said the government has clear and consistent position that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan, and is committed to addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.
"However, any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free from hostility and violence. The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere," he said.
To another question on whether India had asked Pakistan to vacate areas under its control in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said India’s consistent and principled position, as also enunciated in the 1994 Parliament resolution adopted unanimously, is that entire Jammu and Kashmir has been, is, and shall be an integral part of India. 
PTI

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