Fernandes Refutes Pak Claim On J&K Status
7 June 2003
The Asian Age
Mysore: Defence minister George Fernandes on Saturday rejected as 'not relevant' Pakistan's claim that entire Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory. 'What Pakistan says is not relevant,' Mr Fernandes told reporters here, when asked about Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid M. Kasuri's statement that the whole of Jammu and Kashmir was a 'disputed territory.' Asked how soon talks with Pakistan would resume, he said it would take 'some time.' 'One does not wish to rush through without all preparations when summit talks are held,' he said. Queried about suggestions by some thinkers that the LoC could be converted into a permanent border as a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem, he said he did not think so. The whole of J&K including Pak-occupied Kashmir is a part of India,' he said.