PoK part of India, one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it: EAM Jaishankar
external Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is part of India.
“PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have physical jurisdiction over it,” S Jaishankar said.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “Our position on PoK [Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir) has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India.”
Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, MEA S Jaishankar said, “We hope to build a better, stronger neighbourhood but recognising that we have a unique challenge from one neighbour, until the issue of cross-border terrorism is successfully addressed and that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour, that would remain a challenge.”
S Jaishankar said that the bone of contention is not Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir but Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the region.
“With regard to Pakistan, issue is not Article 370 but Pakistan’s terrorists. We must make the world realise. Show me anywhere else in the world where any country conducts terrorism openly against its neighbour as part of what it considers its foreign policy,” EAM S Jaishankar said in the press conference in New Delhi.
S Jaishankar said that it’s important to find a solution to bring an innocent person back home.
“Our objective was to seek access to him, to ascertain his well-being. Seeking access to him was one step in eventually providing that remedy which ICJ [International Court of Justice] has mandated and finally finding a solution which would bring an innocent person back to his country,” S Jaishankar said.
“We had to look at a variety of factors and see what’s important at this time to ascertain his well being. We thought ascertaining his well being is a priority issue at this point and we wanted to begin proceedings,” S Jaishankar said.
S Jaishankar said that number of minorities in Pakistan’s Sindh province has come down in the past 70 years.
“What is happening now in Sindh [Pakistan] is not the only thing which has happened in past 100 days. I think if there is a human rights audit today in this part of the world, I can pretty confidently assert who’ll come last in it,” EAM S Jaishankar said.
“Regarding minorities in Pakistan, this isn’t a new thing. Here’s a country which is waxing eloquent about other nations. Look at their treatment of minorities, I think minority number has come down dramatically in the past 70 years to a point where they don’t even put it out publicly anymore,” S Jaishankar added.
Talking about Kartarpur Corridor, S Jaishankar said that issues pertaining to it have been resolved and they are moving in the right direction.
S Jaishankar on Zakir Naik said, “We filed our extradition request in January, 2018. We have been pursuing it since then. During the meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, it did come up. Our request is pending. Let me make it very clear, we have asked for Zakir Naik and we want Zakir Naik.”
Speaking on China’s incursion, S Jaishankar said, “We didn’t have a skirmish. There was a face-off. It was resolved. It happens from time to time because we have different perceptions of LAC [Line of Actual Control]. Mechanisms are put in place and so it was resolved.”