Delhi urged not to put Kashmir on back-burner

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NEW DELHI: There is a national consensus in Pakistan for seeking normal and peaceful relationship with India, but this could not be achieved by putting the issue of Kashmir on the back-burner, High Commissioner Abdul Basit said here on Thursday.

Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club, Mr Basit described the current state of the composite dialogue as effectively suspended. Local reports said Mr Basit’s blunt comments would add to the problems of the Modi government, particularly in key state polls currently taking place. The prime minister has come under severe criticism from the opposition for alleged appeasement of Pakistan.