Oppn’s refusal to hold talks with govt points to anti-Kashmir agenda: Pakistan minister Oct 20, 2019 0 1051 12345 Dawn.comIslamabadDefence Minister Pervez Khattak, who has been appointed by the government to spearhead talks with opposition parties, on Saturday said that the opposition’s refusal to come to the table points towards an anti-Kashmir agenda.Khattak was referring to the opposition parties’ decision to answer JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s call to band together and march against the government on October 31. The opposition has thus far refused to come to the table for talks with the government and has instead voiced a singular demand: the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.“We are requesting the opposition parties to come and talk,” Khattak told a press conference held in Islamabad’s Parliament House, adding, “Because if you have any issues then you should talk. This is a democracy.” The defence minister warned that such stubborn behaviour will only result in “utter lawlessness”. He rejected any possibility of a resignation from the premier.“If you don’t sit with us and talk, then we would have fulfilled our responsibility. Whatever happens afterwards will be on you,” he said, addressing the opposition parties.Khattak warned that in such an event, the government will then be left with no choice but to act and “make decisions according to the law”. He said that the country is faced with many issues, foremost of which is the Kashmir issue, “which seems to be constantly cast aside. It seems there is some other agenda (behind the protest); an agenda has been formed to bury the issue of Kashmir.” Khattak said that messages have been sent to senior leadership of all opposition parties to come to the table for talks and expressed hope that the offer may yet be taken up. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Italy’s Salvini seeks to unite right at Rome rally Oct 20, 2019 0 72 British lawmakers vote to force Johnson to seek Brexit delay Oct 20, 2019 0 58 Villagers search for bodies after 70 killed in Afghan mosque blast Oct 20, 2019 0 65 Madrid increases pressure on Catalan separatists after violence Barcelona: Spain’s central government in Madrid on Saturday urged Catalan separatist leaders to unequivocally denounce violence after five nights of clashes. The government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez brushed .. German protesters call for closure of animal testing lab Hamburg: Several thousand people called for an end to animal testing and demanded the closure of a controversial laboratory near the northern German port city of Hamburg. Some 7,300 participants joined the peaceful .. N Macedonia PM calls for snap vote after EU snub Skopje: North Macedonia’s prime minister on Saturday proposed a snap election after the EU blocked the start of membership talks, scrambling what had been the key policy goal of his administration. After hours of heated .. US Democrats aim to block Trump resort from hosting G7 Washington: Furious that US President Donald Trump announced he will host the next G7 summit at his own golf resort in Florida, congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to block his plan. Lawmakers said .. Afghan vote results delayed: Official Kabul: Preliminary results expected on Saturday after last month’s presidential election in Afghanistan have been delayed, the election commission said. Officials had previously indicated that results would ..