In the first interview he has given the Indian media and also the first by any Pakistani official after the constitutional changes in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, the Advisor on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning to Pakistan’s Prime Minister has revealed that India has sent a message expressing a desire for talks. “We have got a message for a desire for conversation” he said but refused to give further details. However, Dr. Moeed Yusuf insisted that Kashmiris must be a third party at these talks but he also made clear that Pakistan is willing to discuss terror.
In a wide ranging 75-minute interview to The Wire, that is often quarrelsome and aggressive and even, at times, no holds barred, Dr. Yusuf told Karan Thapar “we must sit down like adults”. He said there are two issues, Kashmir and terror, and added “I want to talk about both”. He said Pakistan “stands for peace and we want to move forward”.