External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday made a big statement on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying “PoK is part of India” and New Delhi expects it will be under India’s jurisdiction.
"Our position on PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) has always been and will always be very clear. The PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the physical jurisdiction over it," Jaishankar said while addressing a press conference on the first 100 days of the Modi 2.0 government.
The government has maintained that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about PoK and not on Kashmir. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have made statements in this regard in the recent past after Pakistan sought to internationalise the Kashmir issue.
Jaishankar also said there was no need to "worry" too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir, asserting that India's position on its internal issues has prevailed and will prevail.
#WATCH: External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar says, "Our position on PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the physical jurisdiction over it." pic.twitter.com/XpK0aPspmE— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
The minister asserted that there is a complete predictability of India's position since 1972.
"Beyond a point, don't worry too much about what people will say on Kashmir. There is a complete predictability about my position. My position has been clear since 1972 and my position is not going to change. At the end of the day, it is my issue. On my issue, my position has prevailed and will prevail," the external affairs minister said.
He was replying to questions on Pakistan's attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue and concerns expressed by some foreign leaders on human rights condition in Kashmir.
He also emphasised that countries develop a reputation, Jaishankar recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in Afghanistan about "information technology" vs "international terrorism'' and how IT has two different meanings, in a reference to India, which is known for its IT professional, and Pakistan.