HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Jaishankar said continuing terrorism from Pakistan is making it hard for India to maintain normal relations with them
  • The External Minister said the Connectivity between India and Afghanistan has been blocked by Pakistan
  • It’s just not the issue of terrorism which India faces from Pakistan but the former also face hindrance in a trade from the latter, said External Minister of India
  • Jaishankar said Jammu and Kashmir has now become two Union Territories
  • The Pulwama attack made a deep crack in the relationship between Indo-Pak

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar took a staunch attack on Pakistan on Friday. He said that continuing terrorism from Pakistan is making it hard for India to maintain normal relations with them. Jaishankar further slammed saying terrorism remains ‘publically acknowledged’ by the Government of Pakistan as a policy which they ‘Justify’. While speaking at the online event by Asia Society, the External Minister said the Connectivity between India and Afghanistan has been blocked by Pakistan.

In the online event, Jaishankar was questioned about India’s relation with Pakistan to which he answered saying, “if not the perennial issues, at least the long-lasting ones, which is terrorism from Pakistan continues.” He further added that it’s just not the issue of terrorism which India faces from Pakistan but the former also face hindrance in a trade from the latter.

Jaishankar also informed that India and Pakistan do not have normal trade relations and is quite restrictive while Pakistan has also blocked connectivity between India and Pakistan and Vice Versa. “Normal neighbours do visas and trade, they give you connectivity and most important they don’t practice terrorism, slammed Jaishankar. The External Minister said this issue cannot be addressed until relation with Pakistan is normal.

On being questioned about developments in Kashmir since bifurcation in 2019, Jaishankar said J&K has now become two Union Territories. Further, he added every country has the right to changing their jurisdiction and the issue of Kashmir is their internal matter and not an external one which would have any impact on neighbours.

Ties between India and Pakistan became bitter after an attack back in 2016 by a terror group in Pakistan on the Pathankot Air Force. The relationship got worse after more attacks, including the one in Uri. The Pulwama attack made a deep crack in the relationship between Indo-Pak.

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