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Jaishankar questions bids to 'hyphenate' India with Pakistan on Article 370 debate

The external affairs minister was responding to a query about India and Pakistan being 'hyphenated' once again following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir special status.

Published: 01st October 2019 08:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2019 08:15 AM   |  A+A-

India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. | (Photo | AP)

India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. | (Photo | AP)

By PTI

WASHINGTON: Questioning bids to "hyphenate" India with Pakistan following the nullification of Article 370, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said it is being done by those who are obsessed with the post-August 5 developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

"You are really being very semantic about it. How do you hyphenate a country, which is one-eighth of your economic size, which is 'reputationally' your exact opposite?" Jaishankar told a group of Indian reporters, virtually taking exceptions to India and Pakistan being talked of in the same breath.

The external affairs minister was responding to a query about India and Pakistan being "hyphenated" once again following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir special status after the nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution.

By that logic then, India should not do anything which would bring Pakistan into the conversation at all, he said.

"So, let's not talk Afghanistan. In fact, let's not talk South Asia. So, my sense is people are over-obsessed about it," he said.

"Often the argumentation comes from people who have a viewpoint that we shouldn't have done anything about (Article) 370," Jaishankar said, adding he has a "very little tolerance" for that.

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