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Pak leadership must admit their ‘historical wrongs’: Tewari

Talking tough on Monday, information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said Pakistan’s repeated ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts along the Line of Control, should prompt the leadership in Islamabad to realise that their occupation of Indian territory is ‘historically wrong’.

‘It would serve the leadership of Pakistan also to realise that there are certain historical wrongs which have been committed and one of those historical wrongs is the occupation of Indian territory by Pakistan,’ Tewari said.

‘There is a unanimous resolution of the Indian Parliament of 1994, which says all these territories must be returned to India. So, therefore, any attempt to go beyond the Simla Agreement, which is a bilateral agreement which was signed by both the countries, I don’t think is an appropriate step in either substance or spirit,’ he added.

Reacting to prime minister Sharif’s statement that he would seek U.S. intervention on the Kashmir dispute, Tewari said that there was neither any scope for it in the past, nor would there be a possibility of it in the future. ‘On Jammu and Kashmir, our stand is absolutely clear that the spirit of the Simla Agreement has to be respected by all the parties concerned. So, therefore, there never was and there never will be a case for any third party mediation,’ Tewari said.
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