Choose between government and separatists: Jaitley to Pakistan

India recently called off talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries scheduled for August 25.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: August 24, 2014 10:11 pm
Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley addresses during the inauguration ceremony of Management Development Institute Campus at Jongipur in Murshidabad on Sunday. Source: PTI Photo Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley addresses during the inauguration ceremony of Management Development Institute Campus at Jongipur in Murshidabad on Sunday. Source: PTI Photo

In a stern message to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said it was for the neighbouring country to decide whether it wants to talk to the Indian government or the separatists.

“After coming to power, we took a decision to call all our neighbours to the swearing-in ceremony. We also decidedthat there will be Foreign Secretary-level talks. But as we had stated earlier terrorism and talks can’t go hand in hand,”Jaitley said at a gathering of BJP leaders and intellectuals here.

“When Pakistan started showing its true colours. We had shown the guts to take a hard decision. You have to decide whether you want to talk to the separatists or with the Indian government. What kind of relation do you want? If you want to talk to separatists, then you can do that first. In order to take such a decision you ought to have the strength,” Jaitley said.

India recently called off talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries scheduled for August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists, after objectingto Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s consultation with separatist Hurriyat leaders.

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    M. Parthasarathi
    Aug 25, 2014 at 12:28 am
    The Government of India has for the first time since independence made it clear to the stan Government that either they talki to the INdian Government or they could go on talking to the Kashmiri separatists. It cannot do both, while pretending to seek better relations with India. The future of Kashmir is not going to be decided by the separatists and the stan Government. It has already been decided by the people of Kashmir who have accepted huge subsidies from the Indian Government ever since they decided to throw in their lot with INdia; they did not ask for subsidies from the stan Government.If stan continues to meddle with the separatists, it should be aware of the consequence. One hopes that India's MUslim leaders will in no uncertain terms tell the stan Government to behave correctly in this matter and not to ume that it can continue its divisive attempts.
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    kris kumar
    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm
    I do not think s want peace or the ISI and LeT won't allow Pak government to have any dealing with India. ISI want Kashmir to stay like that because that keeps them in power and they can fool s that India is Pak enemy no one. Talks for years have not produced any results and war is the only option. Who ever wins gets it.
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