Interacting with the press at an event in New York, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that India has no problem talking to Pakistan but it has a problem talking to ‘Terroristan’. The Minister said that Pakistan has built an Industry of terrorism to deal with the Kashmir issue.
Jaishankar pointed that India received reactions from both Pakistan and China on its decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of J&K into two Union Territories. Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations with India and also expelled Indian High Commissioner.
China, on the other hand, said that “the parties concerned should exercise restraint and act with caution, especially to avoid actions that unilaterally change the status quo and exacerbate tension.” The former diplomat turned minister said that India’s decision on Kashmir has no implications on its ‘external boundaries’.
On asked about Pakistan’s reaction the minister said that, that issue is bigger than Kashmir. He further said that “Pakistan has to accept that the model which they have built for themselves no longer works. That you cannot, in this day and age, conduct policy using terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft. I think that’s at the heart of the issue,”.
Talks With Pakistan And China’s Concern
“First of all Pakistan has to do something for its own good and if it does that, it would enable a normal neighborly relationship with India”, said Jaishnakar on asked about pre-conditions on talks with Pakistan over Kashmir. He explained that the problem with Pakistan is that every new government blames the previous ones for the faults. The narrative of Pakistan that they are good and it’s all Americans, as they taught Afghan Jihad is obsolete he said.
On China’s concern, the minister said, that he talked to them and have explained that Article 370 was a temporary provision of the Indian Constitution. Beijing misread what’s happening in J&K he said. India’s boundaries had not changed, the line of actual control has not changed is what we explained to China said the minister.
Jaishankar was on a visit to China last month after the August 5th decision to revoke the special status of J&K and bring in Constitutional changes.