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Pakistan cannot go to ICJ over Kashmir:Sushma Swaraj

June 7, 2017 at 5:30 am

NEW DELHI – India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed on Monday that Pakistan could not take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) according to Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration.

Addressing a press meet on the three years of the NDA government, Sushma said the Kashmir problem can be solved only through direct talks between India and Pakistan and not through the involvement of any third party.

“The Kashmir issue can never be taken to ICJ because both the countries are bound by the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration to solve it bilaterally,” she said.

Regarding the resumption of bilateral talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours, the minister responded that India wanted to sort out all issues with Pakistan through talks bilaterally and not through the mediation of any group, country or associations.

‘Talks and terror cannot go together. No flip-flop or one step forward-two steps backward’ she noted.

Recounting the Narendra Modi government’s efforts for a substantial dialogue with Pakistan, she said, “I went to the Heart of Asia conference in December 2015 and started bilateral talks. Then, PM Modi went to Lahore on December 25. Then the new year began with Pathankot. Won’t you take the changed circumstances into consideration?”

The legislator clarified that there was no possibility of any meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi during their visit in Kazakhstan this week.

“No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” she said.

It bears mentioning that Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi will both attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit on June 8-9 at Astana in Kazakhstan.

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