Indian EAM Jaishankar in a veiled reference called Pakistan a national security threat to India
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said India's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status has a "national security connotation" as he emphasised that the "epicentre of global terrorism" is right there in the country's "neighbourhood", NDTV has reported.
Delivering a speech on 'India and the World - Priorities of Indian Foreign Policy' at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Mr Jaishankar, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, said, "India lives in a tough neighbourhood and faces more than its fair share of national security challenges. Most prominent among them is the cross-border terrorism that we have been subjected to for many decades."
He said cross-border terrorism has cost more than 40,000 lives in the last three decades.
Mr Jaishankar said India is opposed to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and believe there is no justification for it, whatsoever.