External affairs Minister Jaishankar slams Pakistan on terror

External affairs Minister Jaishankar slams Pakistan on terror

External affairs minister S Jaishankar has voiced out against the behaviour of China and Pakistan, saying there is evidence the Chinese were the first to violate bilateral agreements by massing troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while Pakistan continues to send terrorists across the border.

Jaishankar made the remarks during an interview on Monday with Austrian public broadcaster ORF at the conclusion of a two-nation tour to Cyprus and Austria.

China cannot say India didn’t adhere to bilateral agreements on border management because the Chinese side was the first to move troops to the LAC, he asserted.

When Asked by the interviewer whether his portrayal of Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism” was diplomatic, Jaishankar said: “I could use much harsher words than epicentre. Considering what has been happening to us, I think epicentre is a very diplomatic word because this is a country which has attacked the Parliament of India some years ago (and) the city of Mumbai… which every day sends terrorists across the border.”

Responding to a question on whether he believes China could militarily intervene in Taiwan, Jaishankar replied: “There’s a larger concern, which is based on our experiences. The concern is that we had agreements with China not to mass forces in our border areas and they have not observed those agreements, which is why we have the currently tense situation that we do.”




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