Talks with Pakistan not appropriate when people are dying on the border: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that there cannot be any comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan till it shuns terrorism. “We are always ready for talks with Pakistan but with a caveat that terror and talks cannot go together… there cannot be a comprehensive dialogue till Pakistan shuns terror… when people are dying on the border, talk of dialogue is not appropriate,” she said.

The EAM was replying to a question on whether India-Pakistan talks can take place after the general elections there. However, she admitted that the NSAs of India and Pakistan meet to hold “talks on terror”. Swaraj also hit out at Pakistan over its “Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018” relating to administrative control over Gilgit-Baltistan, saying Pakistan always “distorts history”. “Pakistan tries to teach us history and geography. It is one country which does not believe in rule of law and I would just say one thing to their answer ‘look who’s talking’, she asserted.

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