‘Kash­mir won’t be ma­jor topic in Modi-Xi talks’

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en and will al­ways be very clear. POK is part of In­dia and we ex­pect one day to have phys­i­cal ju­ris­dic­tion over it,” Jais­hankar said. Ear­lier, Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah re­it­er­ated the po­si­tion while speak­ing in Lok Sabha.

Kash­mir will not be a “ma­jor topic” dur­ing the dis­cus­sions be­tween PM Modi and Chinese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping when they meet in Tamil Nadu in the com­ing weeks, a se­nior Chinese of­fi­cial said in Bei­jing on Tues­day, re­ports Saibal Das­gupta. As in Wuhan last year, the two lead­ers will con­cen­trate on larger strate­gic mat­ters in­stead of fo­cus­ing on one or two spe­cific is­sues, Hua Chun­y­ing, Chinese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son said. The lead­ers will dis­cuss “those is­sues of strate­gic think­ing of broad sense of the pic­ture,” Hua said.

Ear­lier, Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah re­it­er­ated the po­si­tion that “POK is part of In­dia” while speak­ing in Lok Sabha on the de­ci­sion to ab­ro­gate the spe­cial sta­tus of J&K un­der Ar­ti­cle 370. He was fol­lowed by de­fence min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh and Vice-Pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu speak­ing in the same vein apart from more ju­nior fig­ures like MoS in PMO Ji­ten­dra Singh.

The for­eign min­is­ter seemed to be fram­ing In­dia’s push­back against the ex­pected Pak­istani of­fen­sive with PM Naren­dra Modi and his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Im­ran Khan due to ad­dress the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. The blunt ar­tic­u­la­tion un­der­lines the In­dian po­si­tion that cre­ation of two UTs of J&K and Ladakh is In­dia’s in­ter­nal mat­ter and there is no go­ing back on the de­ci­sions.

Jais­hankar said the main is­sue in the on­go­ing ten­sions with Pak­istan was not In­dia’s de­ci­sion to re­voke J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus but Pak­istan’s re­luc­tance to dis­man­tle its ter­ror in­fras­truc­ture. Ad­dress­ing his first press con­fer­ence after be­com­ing for­eign min­is­ter— on the com­ple­tion of 100 days of the govern­ment — he re­it­er­ated In­dia’s po­si­tion with the “phys­i­cal ju­ris­dic­tion” phrase­ol­ogy. His com­ments were seen by many as a sign of what ini­tially seemed like po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary could be co­a­lesc­ing into a con­certed ef­fort to ap­ply pres­sure on Is­lam­abad on the is­sue.

Jais­hankar yet again ruled out di­a­logue with Pak­istan un­til, he said, it be­came a “nor­mal” na­tion.

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