October 2002 News

Sinha snubs Pak diplomat on J-K issue

31 October 2002
The Indian Express

London: Confronted with a question on accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha snubbed a Pakistani diplomat saying that reopening the matter would amount to reopening the very issue of creation of Pakistan. ''The story of Jammu and Kashmir''s accession to India is part of the Independence Act. If you want to re-open all those questions, then you have to re-open the question of the creation of Pakistan,'' was Sinha''s punchy answer to a pointed question by Ijaz Hussein who works at Pakistan High Commission in London. Hussein, an ex-media adviser to President Pervez Musharraf, was a part of the invited audience at International Institute for Strategic Studies where Sinha was speaking on Wednesday on ''The Future Directions of India''s Foreign Policy''. Hussein asked Sinha how India could apply to be a permanent member of the Security Council ''after you have mishandled Sri Lanka, bullied Dhaka and blockaded Nepal and what about the two dozens of UN resolutions on Kashmir that have been ignored on Kashmir which needs a surgical operation.'' Sinha replied: ''Pakistan has talked of implementing UN resolutions for a long time. But the UN resolutions on plebiscite - the resolutions of 1947 and 1948 - were rejected by Pakistan. Suddenly, Islamabad has demanded that these resolutions should be implemented.'' Posing a counter-question, Sinha asked to the cheers of the audience: ''Why have a plebiscite only in Jammu and Kashmir. Why not in the whole subcontinent and ask if we want one nation as we were before.''


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