Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India has told Pakistan that action against terrorism will be taken not just on this side of the border, but also on their side if needed.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India has told Pakistan that action against terrorism will be taken not just on this side of the border, but also on their side if needed.
Speaking at an event in the national capital, the Defence Minister highlighted the situation in the Valley over the last two years following the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“People used to say that if Article 370 is abolished, then the entire Kashmir will burn…All in all, Jammu and Kashmir is peaceful except for a few incidents,” Rajnath Singh said.
The Centre had on August 5, 2019, abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“…I can say with surety that terrorists’ confidence has been broken in Kashmir Valley,” Singh said, and added that Pakistan was not able to gather any support on the topic of Kashmir even after trying a lot.
Earlier, if there were terrorist attacks, there were talks of giving “safe passage” to them, and there used to be talk of playing or not playing matches against Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said.
“Now the situation has changed. Our government has said clearly that terrorism and talks cannot go hand-in-hand, and for the last few years, we have stopped having any talks with Pakistan,” he added.
He went on say that now India does not talk about playing or not playing cricket matches. “Instead, we have stated it clearly that action against terrorism will be taken on this side of the border as well as on the other side of the border if needed,” he added.
first published:Oct. 29, 2021, 9:25 p.m.