Pakistan on Tuesday called on the international community to take “serious cognizance” of India’s aggressive posturing about taking ‘physical jurisdiction’ of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from New Delhi have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region.
Pakistan’s statement came hours after India said PoK is its part and one day it expects to have “physical jurisdiction” over it and asserted that there is no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it is an internal issue on which its position has “prevailed and will prevail.”
Addressing his first press conference after assuming the office in the Modi 2.0 government in May, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also hit out at Pakistan, saying India has a “unique challenge” from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism.
Asked about remarks by some Union leaders that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and not on Kashmir, Jaishankar said, “Our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it.”
Reacting to Jaishankar’s statement, Pakistan said it calls on the international community to take “serious cognizance of India’s aggressive posturing” on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from India have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said