Terror hindering relations, says Jaishankar

Terror hindering relations, says Jaishankar

Terror hindering relations, says Jaishankar

The shadows of terrorism has become so central to Indo-Pak relations that it has now become difficult to allow the relationship to grow, says Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Pakistan posed a unique challenge because of having a different view on terrorism, Jaishankar said here at an interaction with journalists. Though he didn’t elaborate, the reference probably is to Pakistan’s strategy of bleeding India though proxy wars involving militant groups.

“We clearly face a unique challenge in respect to one country which is Pakistan. We have one standout country in the region which has a different view of terrorism which makes it a difficult partner for all of us,” he said.

“We have made great efforts to reach out to Pakistan but problem is terrorism has become central to ties. At times, domestic politics of our neighbours pose challenges. But we have learnt to be patient,” the foreign secretary said.

Earlier this month, Home Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) interior/home ministers’ meeting in Islamabad that one country’s terrorist could not be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone else.

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