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No problem talking to Pakistan but 'Terroristan': Jaishankar

No problem talking to Pakistan but Terroristan: Jaishankar

New York: India has no problem talking to Pakistan, but it has a problem talking to "Terroristan", External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here, asserting that Islamabad has created an entire industry of terrorism to deal with the Kashmir issue.

Jaishankar, addressing a New York audience at cultural organisation Asia Society Tuesday, said when India decided to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, it drew a reaction from Pakistan and China.

Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations with India and also expelled Indian High Commissioner after New Delhi revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 5.

China had voiced "serious concern" over the situation in Kashmir, saying "the parties concerned should exercise restraint and act with caution, especially to avoid actions that unilaterally change the status quo and exacerbate tension."

Jaishankar emphasised that India has no problem talking to Pakistan.

But we have a problem talking to Terroristan. And they have to be one and not be the other, he said.

Jaishankar underlined that revoking Article 370 has no implications for India's external boundaries.



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