Pakistan chastises arch-rival India at Islamabad gathering


ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister has chastised arch-rival India over violence in the contested region of Kashmir.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says no country should attack “unarmed” people in the name of fighting terrorism. He says Pakistan is “open to dialogue” but with “dignity and respect.”

He spoke on Thursday as a regional gathering of South Asian nations concluded in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

The gathering has been marred by daily anti-India rallies by hundreds of Pakistanis who protested against India’s rule in the disputed region. The protesters also denounced India’s interior minister, Rajnath Singh, who attended the Islamabad meeting.

The predominantly Muslim region of Kashmir, now divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in its entirety. Recent clashes there have killed at least 49 people.

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