NEW DELHI :
Pakistan on Thursday dismissed as nothing new its foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi telephoning Hurriyat party leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and added that such communication was not unusual on the back of India summoning Islamabad's envoy in New Delhi a day earlier to register its strong protest over the telephonic conversation.
The leadership in Pakistan has always been communicating with the Kashmiri leadership, a statement from the Pakistan foreign ministry said, adding: "This is not anything new".
"We would like to reiterate that Kashmir is an outstanding dispute between India and Pakistan, and acknowledged as such through UN Security Council resolutions as well as numerous Pakistan-India documents, including the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration," it said, rejecting India's objections to the conversation held earlier this week.
Late Wednesday, Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan's envoy Sohail Mahmood and categorically told him that Qureshi's telephonic conversation with Mirwaiz was a "brazen attempt" to subvert India’s unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
An Indian foreign ministry statement said the Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mehmood was "cautioned" that persistence of such behaviour by Pakistan will have "implications".
It said Gokhale conveyed to the Pakistani envoy that the "deplorable act" has violated all norms for the conduct of international relations even by Pakistan's own standards and that Qureshi's actions are tantamount to direct interference in the internal affairs of its neighbour. Pakistan's Foreign Office in a statement issued Wednesday midnight said that the government of Pakistan "categorically rejects the objections" by India.
On its part, Pakistan said that the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan was on the agenda of the UN Security Council and added that Pakistan was committed to extending its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir.
Pakistan would continue its support and solidarity till the time the Kashmir dispute is resolved peacefully, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistani statement said.