If talks happen with Pak, it will be on PoK: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh said talks with Pakistan will be held only if it stops supporting terror. PTI file photo

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said if talks with neighbouring Pakistan are now held, it will be on the issue of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). 

Rajnath Singh said talks with Pakistan will be held only if it stops supporting terror.

“If talks are held with Pakistan it will now be on PoK,” Singh, who reached Haryana’s Panchkula today to participate in a Yatra by the Haryana BJP, said this on Sunday.  

Singh was addressing a public rally ahead of flagging off the BJP's Jan Ashirwad rally for the assembly polls.

On what issue should we have talks and why, the defence minister asked. On the scrapping of the provision granting the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Singh said the decisions had sent jitters to Pakistan and became a cause of concern for them.

"Now it (Pakistan) is knocking every door and approaching various countries for help. Have we committed any crime? And they are trying to threaten us. However, America, perceived as the most powerful country in the world by people, has snubbed Pakistan, telling them to initiate a dialogue with India," he said.

Rajnath further said Pakistan wanted to destabilise and weaken India through terrorism. "At times, Pakistan wants to break our country by using terrorism. But our Prime Minister has shown that he has a 56-inch chest. He took a decision to give a befitting reply after the Pulwama terror attack as our Air Force carried out the Balakot strike," he said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who remained in denial on Balakot strike, had recently said that India was planning a bigger strike than Balakot which means he has admitted that the Balakot air strike took place, the defence minister said

(With Inputs from PTI)

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