ISLAMABAD: The statement of Indian defence minister, Rajnath Singh, that any dialogue with Pakistan now will be about Azad Kashmir is terrible and filled with a dangerous plan for the South Asian region.
“Some people believe that talks should be held with Pakistan but as long as Pakistan supports terror, there will be no talks. If there will be talks, it will be on PoK (Azad Kashmir),” Singh told Jan Aashirwad Yatra in the Indian state of Haryana on Sunday, apparently referring to statements made by China, Russia, US and other countries calling for dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi responded to Rajnath Singh, saying that he had seen the comments made by the Indian minister. “These are reflective of the predicament that India finds itself in, after its illegal and unilateral actions imperilling peace and security in the region and beyond,” he said.
“Equally condemnable is the completely indefensible lock-down of the entire population in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, that has gone on for two weeks, and continues to deepen the dire humanitarian tragedy as reported by the international human rights organizations and the international media. The world community, including the United Nations Security Council, have taken cognisance of this utterly untenable situation,” Qureshi added in a statement.
Rajnath Singh’s claim comes despite United Nations Security Council (UNSC) holding a historic sitting on Kashmir on August 16 falsifying Indian claims that “Kashmir is an internal matter”.