Foreign Minister S Jaishankar calls Pakistan “terroristan”

Calling Pakistan “terroristan”, Jaishankar on Wednesday had said that Islamabad has created an “entire industry of terrorism” to fuel unrest in J&K.


New York: India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met the foreign ministers of the G4 countries (India, Japan, Germany, Brazil) in New York on Thursday and slammed Pakistan for nurturing terrorism in India.

Jaishankar said that Pakistan is a “challenging neighbour”. He highlighted that while there is terrorism globally, there is no country in the world that sponsors terror consciously and deliberately against India.

“You have a neighbour who doesn’t want trade with you, who will not allow you connectivity, who has slowed down regionalism, who filters people-to-people contact. It is a very challenging neighbour,” Jaishankar said.

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“You have a terrorist activity in different parts of the world, but there is no part of the world where a country uses it consciously and deliberately as a large scale industry against its neighbour,” said Jaishankar.

“Our country is ready to have a dialogue with their neighbour but questioned that how India can have talks with a nation that is sponsoring terror and following a policy of implausible deniability, in a reference to Pakistan”, said Jaishankar.

“The big challenge before us if you have differences with a neighbour, how do you resolve it? Now, these differences are not normal because they are rooted in India’s history, which is not a normal history,” Jaishankar said.

“Now all of that you could still handle if they do not do the one thing which is actually unacceptable to conduct terrorism, which in their eyes is a legitimate tool of statecraft as a way to pressure you to come to the negotiating table,” said Jaishankar.

Calling Pakistan “terroristan“, Jaishankar on Wednesday had said that Islamabad has created an “entire industry of terrorism” to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi cannot talk to a country that sponsors terror.

“They have to accept the truth of the model which they have built for Pakistan, no longer works. You cannot in this day and age, conduct policy using terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft that is at the heart of the issue. We have no problem in talking to Pakistan, we have a problem talking to terroristan,” the minister said.

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