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Talks with Pak only on cross-border terror: India

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NEW DELHI, Sept 17 - India on Tuesday said there is no need to �worry� too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it was its internal issue on which its position has �prevailed and will prevail�, remarks that come in the backdrop of raging debate over New Delhi�s decision to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

He also made it clear that with Pakistan, the issue is not Article 370, the issue is cross-border terrorism and the first thing that has to come to table for any talks with Pakistan has to be the terrorism issue.

Amidst concerns expressed by some countries and the UN human rights organisation over situation in Kashmir, Jaishankar said international audience understands what were India�s reasons for abrogating Article 370.

�It was a temporary provision which is not often used in the analysis of events...The provision had actually become dysfunctional. It was being arbitraged by some narrow set of people for their own gains. By doing so they were impeding development and feeding a sense of separatism. The separatism was being utilised by Pakistan to carry out cross-border terrorism,� he said. � PTI

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Talks with Pak only on cross-border terror: India

NEW DELHI, Sept 17 - India on Tuesday said there is no need to �worry� too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it was its internal issue on which its position has �prevailed and will prevail�, remarks that come in the backdrop of raging debate over New Delhi�s decision to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

He also made it clear that with Pakistan, the issue is not Article 370, the issue is cross-border terrorism and the first thing that has to come to table for any talks with Pakistan has to be the terrorism issue.

Amidst concerns expressed by some countries and the UN human rights organisation over situation in Kashmir, Jaishankar said international audience understands what were India�s reasons for abrogating Article 370.

�It was a temporary provision which is not often used in the analysis of events...The provision had actually become dysfunctional. It was being arbitraged by some narrow set of people for their own gains. By doing so they were impeding development and feeding a sense of separatism. The separatism was being utilised by Pakistan to carry out cross-border terrorism,� he said. � PTI