No dialogue with Pak till it shuns terrorism: Sushma

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 May 2018 08:32:02


External Affairs Minister also hit out at Pakistan over its “Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018”, saying Pakistan always
“distorts history

THERE cannot be any comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan as talks and terror cannot go together, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday while addressing a press conference at the completion of four years in power of the Narendra Modi-led Government. The minister asserted that engagements such as track-two diplomacy and National Security Agency (NSA)-level meetings will keep taking place.

“We had separated NSA talks from comprehensive bilateral talks as we said terror and talks cannot go together but talks on terror should be held. Under NSA-level mechanism, there are discussions on terror,” she told a press conference while ruling out softening of India’s position towards Pakistan.

“We are always ready for talks with Pakistan but with a caveat that terror and talks cannot go together. This is our position and there is no change in it,” she said when asked about possibility of talks with Pakistan ahead of general elections in the country in July.

She further said India was ready for talks even before elections and elections there had nothing to do with it. “We are ready for talks before elections if Pakistan shuns terrorism.” The minister also hit out at Pakistan over its “Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018” relating to administrative control over Gilgit-Baltistan, saying Pakistan always “distorts history”.

Amid the US plan to scrap a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the country, Swaraj said the Government would make all efforts to persuade the Trump administration.