Talks with Pakistan now only on PoK’, says Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that talks with Pakistan would now only be on PoK, the territory of Kashmir which is under Pakistan's control since it invaded the state in 1947.
New Delhi, August 18: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that talks with Pakistan would now only be on PoK, the territory of Kashmir which is under Pakistan's control since it invaded the state in 1947.Singh, while addressing a gathering in Panchkula, said, “A few days ago, the prime minister of Pakistan said India was planning an attack bigger than Balakot. This means that he acknowledges what India did in Balakot.”
“Article 370 was abrogated in J&K for its development. Our neighbour is knocking on the doors of the international community, saying India made a mistake. Talks with Pakistan will be held only if it stops supporting terror. Also, if talks are held, it will now be on PoK,” he added.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have been on the rise ever since the Narendra Modi government decided to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.
After this move, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India and expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. Moreover, it also stopped services of the Samjhauta Express. suspended trade ties.
"Our neighbouring country is continuously keeping a sinister eye on J&K. It sends terrorists into our territory and disturbs peace in the Valley," he said.
"On February 14, 40 brave jawans of CRPF were martyred in Pulwama in a suicide attack. Our Armed Forces hit back by destroying the terror launch pads with air strikes across the border in Pakistan before it could plan another Pulwama-like attack," he added.
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