If Imran Khan is a statesman, he should hand over Masood Azhar to India, says Sushma

Swaraj also questioned Pakistan's retaliation to the Indian air strikes in Balakot when, she said, India had specifically targeted the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Published: 13th March 2019 11:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2019 10:56 AM   |  A+A-

Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said India cannot have a dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that "talks and terror cannot go together".

Talking on 'India's World: Modi Government's Foreign Policy', she stated that Pakistan needs to control the ISI and its army who are bent on destroying the bilateral relations time and again. "We do not want talk on terror, we want action on it. Terror and talks cannot go together," she said.

Swaraj also questioned Pakistan's retaliation to the Indian air strikes in Balakot when, she said, India had specifically targeted the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

"Why did the Pakistani military attack us on behalf of JeM? You not only keep JeM on your soil, but fund them and when the victim country retaliates, you attack it on the terror outfit's behalf.

"If Imran Khan (Pakistan prime minister) is so generous and a statesman, he should give us Masood Azhar," she said. The external affairs minister said India can have a good relationship with Pakistan, provided the neighbouring country "takes action against terror groups on its soil".

On her invitation to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting, she said India avenged the humiliation meted out to it 50 years ago by becoming the 'guest of honour' at the OIC meet this year.

"In 1969, India was humiliated when it was not allowed to participate in the meeting even after reaching the venue after Pakistan protested against India's then foreign minister's participation.

But now, 50 years later, it was India that was on the seat of the guest of honour, while Pakistan's seat was empty," she said.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had expressed reservations about the invitation to Swaraj for the OIC meeting, and later decided to boycott the meeting of the 57-member Muslim grouping held earlier this month.

Talking about the foreign policy of the current government, Swaraj said it was based upon the two principles of "national interest supreme" and "world is our family".

"People often ask us what we get by our frequent travel to countries. I want to tell them we do not travel to have fun, we travel to build our relationship with other countries and it is because of our ties with these countries that we were able to rescue 7,000 people from Yemen. The strength of our bilateral ties was also reflected in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) elections," she said.

"I have seen the strength of this relationship time and again," the senior BJP leader said, adding that at the ministerial level, Indian leaders have visited 189 out of 193 countries.

Swaraj added that the country's global profile has improved in the last five years.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • SuchindranathAiyerS

    Sushma Swaraj as a member of Modi's emasculated cabinet and Chief of the Visa desk for indigent Pakistanis seeking medical treatment in India is still to realize that one Country's Statesman is another country's visceral enemy. Is she naive or does she beleieve like the Khangress that Pakistan is India? Contradictory Policy is NO policy.Like India's suicidal constitution.
    11 days ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp