No scope for talks: Govt

09/03/2019

London, Sept. 3: Pakistan openly practises terrorism and there is no scope for negotiations until Islamabad reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said.

Jaishankar was responding to a recent opinion piece written by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir  where he argued that it was urgent to begin discussions while a “nuclear shadow” hovers over South Asia.

In an interview in Brussels, Jaishankar said the idea was a non-starter while Pakistan “openly practises terrorism”. 

“Terrorism is not something that is being conducted in dark corners of Pakistan. It’s done in broad daylight,” he was quoted as saying.

India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by Pakistan-based terrorists.

On the situation in Kashmir, the minister said the security restrictions would be eased in the “coming days”.

He said Internet and telephone outages were needed to stop the activation of “terrorist assets” and to prevent “people who are doing violence to contact each other”. -Agencies

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