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