Islamabad : Shireen Mazari, the Central Information Secretary of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has criticised British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as a ‘ foolish man’ for his statement that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir should not be a pre-condition for resumption of a dialogue between India and Pakistan.
In a Twitter outburst, Mazari said Hammond should first understand the history of Pakistan and India before offering his opinions.
“So UK Foreign Secretary wants Pakistan to talk to India without letting kashmir come in the way! Foolish man should understand our history first! Kashmir whether we like it or not defines parameters of Pak-India relations! Movement “forward” stops when something happens in IOK,” tweeted Mazari.
Mazari further tweeted,”We really don’t need the British foreign secretary telling us how to conduct our relations with India. He should focus on his EU problem instead.”
Hammond, who arrived on a two-day official visit to Islamabad on Tuesday, addressed a joint news conference with Pakistan foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz.
On his statement, the British Foreign Secretary stressed that Kashmir should not the pre-condition for resumption between the two nations.
The foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries was supposed to take place last year but was deferred following a militant attack in the Pathankot air base in January this year. (ANI)