MEA terms Imran Khan’s comment over Kashmir issue ‘deeply regrettable’

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Srinagar

Reacting to a reference to Kashmir by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran that the only issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir, and it all needs is just two capable leadership to resolve this issue, the Ministry of External Affairs India said that its “deeply regrettable” and he chose to politicise a “pious moment”.

“It is deeply regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long pending demand of the Sikh community to develop a Kartarpur corridor by making unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India,” the ministry said.

It added that “Pakistan must fulfil its international obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kinds of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control”.

Reports have also quoted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Hyderabad saying “there will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India.”

Earlier, during the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan who laid the foundation stone had said that the only issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir; and it all needs is just two capable leadership to resolve this issue. “Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get stronger. And I want a strong relationship with India,” Khan while addressing a gathering said.

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