Pakistan asked to tone down rhetoric, engage in back door diplomacy

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Pakistan has been asked by Muslim countries to tone down the rhetoric against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and engage in backchannel diplomacy.

Pakistan has been engaging the world over India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and revoking the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has been a bone of contention between the countries since 1948.

Officials from Saudi Arabia and UAE had met the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Bajwa.

As reported by The Economic Times, Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Al-Nahyan met with the leadership during their visit, bringing a ‘message’ from their respective leadership. The meeting involved only top officials of the government.

Pakistan had been asked to start engaging with India through backchannel and find a solution to the Kashmir Issue. They also urged Pakistan PM Imran Khan to tone down his rhetoric.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been involved in a verbal attack against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of Article 370.

Pakistan had rejected the request and opted to follow convestion diplomacy with India after certain conditions were met.

According to a report in The Week, The conditions included the lifting of the curfew in Kashmir and the ease of certain restrictions.

Given the recent trips made by Indian Prime Minister to UAE and a close working relationship with Saudi Arabia, this would have made some impact in curbing Pakistan’s actions and rhetorics.

The country had downgraded its relationship with India and even dismissed the Indian High commissioner after tension spurred with regards to Jammu and Kashmir.

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