Shinde dismisses Sharif's demand for US intervention on Kashmir
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde today dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's demand for US intervention in resolving Kashmir issue, saying no third party can take part in a bilateral issue.india Updated: Oct 21, 2013 14:22 IST
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's demand for US intervention in resolving Kashmir issue, saying no third party can take part in a bilateral issue.
"Our stand is very clear. It is an issue between two countries. No third country can take part in it," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
Shinde was replying to a question on Sharif's demand for US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue.
"This is not our current stand. This has been our stand since the days of (former prime minister) Jawaharlal Nehru. We have been maintaining this stand since then and today also this is our position," he said.
Ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama, Sharif had on Sunday sought US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue.
"Though India did not want such (third party) intervention, but the world powers should get involved to resolve the (Kashmir) issue," he had told reporters in London during a stopover while on his way to US wherein he will meet Obama on Wednesday.
"India and Pakistan both were nuclear powers and the region was a nuclear flash point," he had said.