Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday cautioned Pakistan for frequent ceasfire violations and said escalating tension on the border would not be good for them.
While speaking to reporters in Jaipur, the Union Minister said, “We are of the opinion that Pakistan should mend its ways and if it doesn’t, it will not be good for them. Pakistan is holding talks with terrorists and then with us. This is not how it works. However, talks are being held on the border through flag meetings.”
Javadekar added that the situation in Pakistan is worrisome. “We hope there is stability in that country soon. We want a peaceful Pakistan. It is unfortunate what is happening there. Only when there is peace in both Pakistan and India can the two countries progress together,” he said. “Our former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to say that ‘you can choose a friend, not a neighbour’. And Pakistan is our neighbour,” the minister added.
Mincing no words, Javadekar said “if Pakistan keeps sending terrorists and we continue our talks, then that is not possible because we cannot hold talks with terrorists”.
Taking a dig at the UPA government, Javadekar said the Environment Ministry is considered a “scary ministry where all projects are stalled.”
“We are taking steps to change this (perception) and are going online for all proposals, so that without seeing whose project it is, approvals should be granted.”
The minister admitted that the new government has been grappling with price rise and blamed it on poor monsoon. “A poor monsoon has resulted in price rise of some commodities, but we have taken immediate steps to deal with this. Around 10 lakh tonnes of wheat from Food Corporation of India stocks were sold in the open market. We also got 50 lakh tonnes of rice for the BPL. Such steps were taken during the Vajpayee regime and are being repeated now, but the UPA government did nothing of this kind in the past 10 years,”