Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said there were major re-alignments in its foreign relations, especially with China. In photo: Aziz (L) with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Photograph: (AFP)
Pakistan's top diplomat Sartaj Aziz also rejected suggestions that Islamabad had been isolated in international fora
Peace talks between Islamabad and New Delhi remain suspended, Pakistan's top diplomat Sartaj Aziz said on Friday.
"No backdoor diplomacy going on between Pakistan and India,” Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Express News channel.
Aziz also accused India of blaming Pakistan after every terrorist attack in their country "without providing any solid evidence".
He also refuted reports that Pakistan was marginalised in international fora.
He said Pakistan was moving in the right direction, citing its closeness to China.
The diplomat said Islamabad continues to enjoy good bilateral relations with western countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
He was responding to queries after a recent newspaper report written by Cyril Almeida suggested that the civilian government feared international isolation if homegrown jihadis were not cracked down by the Pakistani establishment.
Pakistan's Foreign Office also suggested that India's cross-LoC attack in Pakistan-administered Kashmir late last month was a "diplomatic offensive" to mask its poor human rights record in Kashmir, Dawn reported.
Its spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said India's "nervousness" was evident during its "ceasefire violations along the LoC (Line of Control is a border that separates India and Pakistan)".
The Foreign Office put the spotlight on the plight of people residing in India-administered Kashmir, saying: "Kashmiri people have been barred from offering prayers for 17 consecutive weeks.”
A wave of violent protests ripped through India's Kashmir after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces in a July 8 encounter. More than 80 people have been killed so far in the state, which has been in a shutdown mode for over three months.