Indian PM says India should not use Pakistan as bargaining chip

India has rejected Pakistan’s offer to hold bilateral talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

Modi, in a statement released after his meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, said that India’s position was clear.

“We do not consider Pakistan as a bargaining chip,” Modi said.

India has demanded that Pakistan end its crackdown on protests and take steps to address the violence that has gripped the country since the July 8, 2017, killing of the diplomat, her family members and four others.

Modis stance was reiterated by the Pakistani foreign ministry, which said it was “disappointed” and “deeply disturbed” by India’s stance.

“Pakistan has repeatedly asked India to resolve its dispute with India, but India has failed to take such a decision,” it said in a written statement.