Indian EAM Jaishankar's knee jerk response over Pakistan PM Imran Khan Article
NEW DELHI - Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar dismissed the opinion piece written by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the New York Times, where he has warned the world with the spectre of a nuclear war over Kashmir.
"Didn’t have the time to read it," Jaishankar said.
In an interview with POLITICO in Brussels, Jaishankar also predicted that security restrictions across Kashmir would be eased in the coming days.
Responding to questions on the New York Times opinion piece by Imran Khan, in which the latter has sought the opening of a dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi, Jaishankar has said the idea is a non-starter while Pakistan openly practices terrorism.
Jaishankar said there is no hope of negotiations until Pakistan reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups.
On the communications lockdown in Kashmir Valley, the EAM said internet and telephone outages were needed to stop the activation of terrorist assets and to prevent people who are doing violence to contact each other.
Asked about medicines and small businesses in Kashmir Valley, he said he thinks a lot of the reports about shortages are fictitious, but he also conceded it isn’t possible to stop communications between militants without an impact on the rest of the economy.