India won't accept any mediation on Kashmir
21 October, 2013
NEW DELHI: India has said that it will not accept any intervention in the dispute with Pakistan on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Talking to NDTV on Sunday, Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid said that it must be clear to the world that India will in no way accept any intervention.
"Kashmir is a part of India, not something that should be questioned," he said, adding that any query in this regard will be a waste of time. He said it is important that "Pakistan show good conduct and compliance to the 2003 ceasefire act".
He said that it is not right to say that the ceasefire has collapsed. "There have been minor violations, but those too are not acceptable," Khurshid added.
The Indian minister's statement came after media reports quoted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as saying that he had sought intervention from the US in 1999 on Kashmir. Khurshid said that the Indian army knows its standard operating procedures. He said that the area and the situation is best left to the army and "I express my gratitude to our soldiers".
The Indian minister for external affairs said that whatever aid the US gives to Pakistan must not be of a nature that is detrimental to our strategy and interests. "We also understand that in connection with Afghanistan, US needs Pakistan's cooperation."
Meanwhile, reacting to Prime Minister Nawaz's statement on seeking US intervention for the resolution of the Kashmir issue, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that no third party has the right to interfere in the issue, and appealed to US President Barack Obama to reject this proposal.
"India has already made it very clear that not just the Kashmir issue, but any issue between India and Pakistan would be solved only by the two countries, and no third party has the right to get involved. Nawaz Sharif's statement on US intervention is not accepted," he said.
"I want to tell the UPA government that not only BJP, but the whole nation is against US intervention. I appeal to Mr Obama not to interfere in this matter, and he should reject Pakistan's proposal of US intervention," he added.
According to a foreign news agency, Nawaz Sharif, who is on a three-day official visit to Washington, said on Saturday that the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan could be resolved through US intervention. He also said that both India and Pakistan were nuclear powers, and the region was a nuclear flash point, and added that the world powers should get involved to resolve this issue.