Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today termed as “totally absurd” and “unacceptable” Pakistan’s linking of every issue to Kashmir, saying it is an integral part of India and there is “no question of any bargain” on it.
He also asked the neighbouring country to “give up” Kashmir once and for all.
“Pakistan should give up (Kashmir) once and for all. Moreover, linking everything to Kashmir is totally absurd and unacceptable.
Kashmir is an integral part of India and there is no question of any bargain on it,” Naidu said on the sidelines of an event here.
Noting that India was taking every step to improve relations with its neighbour and restart the dialogue process, he said “But in spite of these elements in Pakistan…if they go on doing this–aiding, funding and training terrorists– this is not going to help the situation.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for swearing-in ceremony, himself went to Pakistan and greeted the PM (Sharif) there, he added.
“If you want to discuss, clear your doubts any number of times.
One can have discussions and also clear their doubts. But trying to make it a controversy, time and again, is not going to help in improving the relationship,” Naidu said.
He slammed Pakistan for its lament of being “a victim of terrorism”, saying “on the one hand you are encouraging terrorists, and on the other hand, you are lamenting about terrorism.
Let Pakistan realise and see to it that such forces are crushed down.”
Naidu also termed as “insensitive” Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s “focus on the iftaar party” remark when asked about the attack on CRPF convoy in Pampore, in which eight security personnel were killed and 21 injured.
Basit had made the remark during an iftaar party in Pakistan High Commission on Saturday.
“Yesterday, I could find that there was lot of criticism of the government by the High Commissioner of Pakistan.
I thought at least he will realise it, but unfortunately he has not. The comment ‘let us focus on party’ was totally insensitive,” he said.