Talks with Pakistan only on PoK: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu statement comes after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a similar stance over a week ago saying there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists and stops supporting terror activities.

Avatar Written by August 28, 2019 12:19

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu while speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Naval Science and Technology Laboratory in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh said that if talks are held with Pakistan, they will only be about Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Keeping up with the Modi government’s stand, he said that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

We are not warmongers, we are peace-loving citizens, he added.

Venkaiah Naidu statement comes after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a similar stance over a week ago saying there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists and stops supporting terror activities.

Rajnath Singh also said if talks were held with Pakistan in future, they would be about PoK and not on any other issue.

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“Why should there be talks? On what issues there would be talks? Talks with Pakistan would begin only after it stops patronising terrorism. If talks begin, it would now only be on the PoK and no other issue,” he said.

Slamming Pakistan for its efforts to internationalise the issue of Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by revoking Article 370, Singh said the neighbouring country was knocking doors of the international community to save itself.

“We have a neighbour. You people know who is it. We removed Article 370 and it is thinning down. It is not able to digest and is knocking the doors of the world seeking help to save itself. It is crying before them and saying please save me,” Singh said without naming Pakistan.

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