Pakistan and India have fought wars over Kashmir in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999.
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Ruling out war as a solution to this problem, he said the Kashmir issue has now got involved into international affairs in the world and a lot of people have started taking interest in it. “We have tried for 70 years, but nothing has happened,” he emphasized.
When asked whether Pakistan would not create trouble if the LoC is converted into the IB, Singh said of course not, as if everything is accepted and when your borders are there, breaching the IB would not be possible.
“This is not for the first time that this has happened, they have been doing all along. What they did in Bombay (Mumbai), more than 250 people died; what they did in Pathankot; what they have done in Uri; they did Kargil, but Kargil was serious, so we gave them a reply and they had to retreat in Kargil,” he added.
He also said Sharif is speaking on these things for internal reasons, however, but public opinion has to be guided by the leadership. “The anger of our people is fully justified, but going to war is not an answer and I don’t think we will go to war,” he added.
On revisiting the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan, Singh said, “No it’s not a serious matter, you cannot do it, and people who are talking about it are talking irresponsibly. You either go to war or talk to them. Both of us are nuclear powers, and thus, it is not that easy. When they were not a nuclear power, things were different, now we have to be very careful.”