New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh on Monday took a dig at Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that it is yet to be seen if he remains under the Army’s control or doesn’t. Singh’s response came after he was asked about the infiltration attempts despite a change in the Pakistan government.
“Did you all expect a change? If a person is propped up by the Army, the army still rules. Let’s wait and watch how things move, whether a person remains under army’s control or doesn’t,” General VK Singh said. On being asked about the possibility of a dialogue with Pakistan, he said, “I think our policy is very clear. A dialogue will happen provided the environment is made conducive for it.”
MEA sources too had earlier said that a dialogue with Pakistan is only possible when the terror originating from the country ends. “PM Modi wrote a congratulatory letter to Imran Khan, there was no new proposal for dialogue,” they said.
General VK Singh’s remarks have come a few days after three militants were killed in Keran sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where the army foiled an infiltration bid. Alert troops of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles noticed suspicious movement on the LoC in Dat Gali area, a Defence official said.
In August, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi extended the hand of friendship to India soon after taking the oath by offering “continued and uninterrupted” dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues, including Kashmir.
“There is a need for continued and uninterrupted dialogue with India. We are neighbours. We have long-standing issues, both of us know these problems. But we have no other option but to engage in dialogue. We cannot afford adventurism. India and Pakistan have to move forward keeping realities before them,” he said.
Qureshi had also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to Pakistan’s PM and indicating the beginning of talks between the two countries.