India and Pakistan blame one other for SCO conference tensions.

India and Pakistan blame one other for SCO conference tensions.
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Both India and Pakistan blamed each other on Friday and reiterated their long-held diplomatic positions on sensitive issues such as Kashmir and terrorism, indicating that a thaw in ties is unlikely anytime soon.

The foreign ministers of the nuclear-armed nations spoke sharply to the press during a conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) regional grouping in the Indian state of Goa.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan’s foreign minister, recently told reporters that India’s decision to abolish Kashmir’s special status in 2019 has made it more difficult for the two nations to achieve an agreement on how to proceed with peace negotiations.

It is India’s job to provide a conducive environment for discussions, according to Bhutto-Zardari.

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar responded by saying that Kashmir’s special status was “history” and that Pakistan aided terrorists in the area. Islamabad is willing to engage and settle any difficulties that New Delhi may have, Bhutto-Zardari said in an interview with India Today TV, which was later broadcast.

Both India and Pakistan claim total authority over Kashmir, but actually have partial control; two of their three wars have been fought over the Himalayas.

Since the late 1980s, when Indian security forces battled with Islamist militants in their share of Kashmir, India has accused Pakistan of providing assistance to the latter.

Pakistan asserts that it only provides spiritual and diplomatic support to Kashmiris yearning for independence.

In 2019, New Delhi revoked the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’s unique status by separating it into two federally administered entities. Pakistan says that these sanctions are illegal and requests that they be repealed. As a result of India’s action in 2019, ties between the two countries worsened.

As Pakistan’s first foreign minister to visit India in 12 years, Bhutto-Zardari’s visit has received extensive coverage on both sides of the border.

After returning from a rare visit to India, Pakistan’s foreign minister said that diplomatic relations had not changed.

According to Indian ambassador Jaishankar, the clause of the Indian constitution that gives Jammu and Kashmir special status “is history,” and the “sooner people realize it, the better.”

Furthermore, he said that Pakistan’s attitude toward Kashmir amounted to support for terrorists.

“Victims of terrorism do not sit together with terrorist perpetrators to discuss terrorism,” Jaishankar told reporters.

“Victims of terrorism defend themselves, counteract acts of terrorism, they call it out, they delegitimize it, and that is exactly what is happening,” he said.

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