Reiterating India’s oft-repeated stand on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday asserted that PoK is very much a part of India, adding New Delhi expects to have physical jurisdiction over it in the future. Addressing a press conference on 100 days of Modi government’s second term, the foreign minister made it clear that the only talks would now be on PoK.
Here’s what Jaishankar said while talking to media on 100 days of Modi 2.0:
1. “Our position on PoK is, has been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have physical jurisdiction over it,” Jaishankar said
2. Jaishankar said that in these 100 days, there has been a message of change against the backdrop of strong vote of confidence for the Modi government from the electorate.
3. He said certain issues like changes in Article 370 and cross-border terrorism also have resonance in the foreign policy.
4. Talking about the neighbourhood, the External Affairs Minister said it remains the first priority of India and entails connectivity, commerce and contacts.
5. He noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his second term with a visit to Maldives, followed by Sri Lanka and then Bhutan.
6. India’s policy is going to be generous and non-reciprocal, with emphasis on business and people-to-people contact, Jaishankar said.
7. Talking about Pakistan in a veiled manner, he said this neighbour will remain a “unique challenge” until cross-border terrorism is “successfully addressed” and “until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour”.