External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that “war is not an option” and holding talks with Pakistan is the only way to move forward to remove the shadow of terrorism.
Swaraj said in Lok Sabha that India and Pakistan decided to hold talks on terror when the two Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Ufa in Russia in July and then in Paris recently.
“We said we can talk so that terrorism comes to an end. So talks (between NSAs) took place in Bangkok where we discussed about terrorism. But one meeting will not bring a solution to all the problem. So we will continue the dialogue,” she said.
Swaraj said India is talking to Pakistan on the terrorist camps existing in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) as “war is not an option.”
The two countries had decided that through talks they will resolve the issue of terrorism. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that talks and terror can’t go together.
“Dialogue is drowned by the sound of explosion,” she added.
Swaraj was speaking against the backdrop of government’s recent decision to re-start the ‘comprehensive’ dialogue with Pakistan, under which various subjects, including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, will be discussed.
The External Affairs Minister mentioned about PM Modi’s statement that said that talks should be done on terror and to give a way to those talks faith should be there between the two countries.
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“There is no third party. Through talks, both the countries are trying to resolve the issue of terrorism.”
Swaraj said that India will take every important step to safeguard the nation’s security and safety of all citizens.
When asked whether India raised the issue of cross-border terrorism at the international fora like the UN, she said the government actively discusses it in all its forms and manifestations in multilateral fora including UN, EU, SCO, ARF, BIMSTEC, SAARC, GCTF etc. and bilaterally with several countries, including all P-5 countries in Joint Working Groups on counter terrorism.
She said PM Modi had raised the issue of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) which has been pending in the United Nations for adoption since 1996. The Prime Minister has also discussed about the CCIT with several world leaders.
“It is heartening that now we are getting support from many countries and we are hopeful that the CCIT resolution would be adopted in the UN soon,” she said.
She said that as a result of the government’s consistent pursuit of the matter, several individuals including Hafiz Saeed and entities including Lakshar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawaa have been listed under the relevant provisions of the UNSC resolution No. 1267 which deals with Al Qaeda and related organisations.
Hoping that justice will delivered in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Swaraj said that Pakistan had arrested the suspects for perpetrating the attack and a trial is underway in Pakistan in this regard.