PoK … Jaishankar says PoK is part of India; Pakistan rattled by Indian foreign minister’s claim

NEW DELHI: “The Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is part of India,” Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar has asserted. Added he at an interaction programme on Tuesday: ”We expect one day that we will have the physical jurisdiction over it.” The comment has rattled Pakistan, which issued a statement urging the international community to take note of India’s aggressiveness.

Jaishankar also asserted that Article 370 was not bilateral issue. “It is an internal issue. The only issue that needs to be discussed with Pakistan is its resort to terrorism. Show me any country other than Pakistan which promotes terrorism against its neighbour. No other country uses terror against its neighbour as foreign policy. Reiterating that Article 370 and its abrogation is an internal issue,” he said.

Objecting to Jaishankar’s statement on PoK, Pakistan foreign ministry said in its statement that the international community must take “serious cognisance” of India’s “aggressive posturing.” Such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from New Delhi have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region, the statement said.

“We strongly condemn and reject the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistan and PoK. These remarks are an obvious manifestation of India’s utter frustration over the continued international censure of its egregious human rights violations in Kashmir,” the statement added.

Jaishankar also stated in his interaction programme; “On what happens if or when I meet Pakistani foreign minister on the sidelines of UN meets … I think we were together at the CWG meet in London… Saarc is about regional cooperation… you need connectivity… you don’t need terrorism… Which country is promoting Saarc and which country is impeding its progress…? Here is a country waxing eloquent about other nations… Look at the way they treat minorities… they are fleeing Pakistan… If there is a human rights audit in this region, one will know which country is coming first and which last…”—IHN-NN

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