External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday criticised Pakistan over its action on Indian protests over Gilgit-Baltistan order while addressing the media on completion of four years of the NDA government.
“The answer we got in response of what happened with Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018. was laughabale. They tried to teach us history. Pakistan always distorts history and doesn't believe in law. Only thing thing I felt while reading their answer was, 'look who's talking'," said Sushma Swaraj in reference to how Pakistan responded to the National Capital’s protests over Islamabad’s move on administrative control over the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Swaraj’s reply came after Islamabad responded to the Indian protests by saying, "Jammu and Kashmir was disputed territory and its final status will be determined through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite administered by the UN".
The region is a part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) and is the focal point of the Gilgit-Baltistan order, under which the Pakistan central government captured more authority from the local council in matters related to the affairs of the region.
“We never said we are not ready for talks, but there is a caveat. Terror and talks cannot go together, be it post elections or even before," Swaraj said, reiterating New Delhi's long-standing position on dialogue with Islamabad.
Pakistan’s general elections is scheduled on July 25.