New Delhi, India – In a recent statement, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar reiterated India’s stance on the Kashmir issue, stating that Pakistan has no say in the matter and must vacate its illegal occupation of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jaishankar made it clear that Pakistan had no role to play in either the G20 or the Kashmir issue. He emphasized that the only issue to be discussed with regard to Kashmir was when Pakistan would vacate its illegal occupation of PoK.
“India’s position on Kashmir has always been clear, and we will not tolerate any interference from Pakistan,” Dr. Jaishankar said. “Pakistan has no role to play in the Kashmir issue. The only issue that needs to be discussed is when Pakistan will vacate its illegal occupation of PoK.”
Dr. Jaishankar’s comments come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. In August 2019, India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, which was strongly opposed by Pakistan.
Since then, the two countries have been engaged in a war of words, with Pakistan trying to internationalize the issue and India calling for bilateral talks to resolve the matter.
India has repeatedly accused Pakistan of supporting cross-border terrorism and fomenting unrest in the region, while Pakistan has denied these allegations and called for international intervention in the matter.
Dr. Jaishankar’s recent statement is expected to further escalate tensions between the two countries and make any efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue through diplomatic means even more challenging.