Can talk to Pakistan but not to 'terroristan': S Jaishankar

New York, United StatesWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Sep 25, 2019, 08:16 AM IST
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External Affair Minister S Jaishankar. Photograph:(ANI)

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Jaishankar urged Pakistan to do 'something for its own good, if it does that it would enable normal neighbourly relation with India.' 

Calling Pakistan "terroristan", External Affair Minister S Jaishankar has said that New Delhi can't talk to a country that sponsors terror and uses it as a state policy.

Speaking at Asia Society in New York, Jaishankar said, "They have to accept the model which they have built for themselves no longer works. You cannot in this day and age, conduct policy using terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft, that is at the heart of the issue. We have no problem in talking to Pakistan, we have a problem talking to terroristan."

Jaishankar further said Pakistan's reaction towards India removing special status for Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 is of "anger and frustration" since the country has "created an entire industry of terrorism to deal with Kashmir issue. It is bigger than that, they created for India" and they "now see an investment of 70 years undercut if this policy succeed". 

Pakistan, in the aftermath of India's decision to remove special status, has raked up the issue globally but hasn't got any attraction. 

Jaishankar urged Pakistan to do "something for its own good, if it does that it would enable normal neighbourly relation with India." 

Highlighting the issue of cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Jaishankar said, "The issue between India and Pakistan, it's not like we agree on everything else, we have a wonderful relationship and there is Kashmir issue. We had an attack in Mumbai, the last time I checked Mumbai was not part of Kashmir. If Pakistani terrorist can attack states and regions, we need to recognise there is a bigger problem".

Explaining further Jaishankar said, "The problem is in the mindset. Every time there is a change of government, look it's new, I have nothing to do with earlier guys, it's all their fault. Point is, there is a fundamental issue which they need to understand, and we need to encourage them to do, that is to do away with terrorism. They know where the camps are. Anyone knows where the camps are, just google that."