Pak talks provide declare finds no takers

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

The government did not officially react to an aide to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan claiming that India has sent a message to Islamabad expressing its “desire for a conversation”.

In an interview to an Indian news channel, Moeed W. Yusuf, Special Assistant on national security and strategic policy planning to Khan, said that Pakistan, however, wants three-way talks involving Kashmiris as well. Three-way talks are anathema to New Delhi which has earlier made it clear that there is no dispute on Kashmir. All that remains to be discussed is the handing over of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to India.

Yusuf’s statement comes a month after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had said unelected advisers and special assistants to the PM cannot exercise executive or administrative powers in the functioning of the government. Only elected representatives chosen by people have the privilege to run the affairs of ministries, it had added while disposing of a petition challenging the appointment of another adviser to Pak PM.

The court had also added that any executive function performed by any unelected member of the PM’s team would deem to have been taken illegally but said it was the PM’s prerogative to choose a person for giving him advice.

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