We'll Never, Ever Compromise On J&K Border: Manmohan At UN

We'll Never, Ever Compromise On J&K Border: Manmohan At UN

28 September 2013
Times of India
Chidanand Rajghatta

New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has a message for Pakistan as far as the Jammu and Kashmir is concerned: Forget it. In some of the bluntest, uncompromising message ever put across by an Indian Prime Minister at the UN, Singh laid down the line in the sand - the lakshman rekha so to say - saying 'There must be a clear understanding of the fact that J&K is an integral part of India and there can never, ever, be a compromise with the unity and territorial integrity of India.' The Prime Minister however said India was committed sincerely to resolving all issues with Pakistan, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, through bilateral dialogue on the basis of the Shimla Agreement. However, for progress to be made, 'it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and the areas under its control are not utilized for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India. It is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan be shut down.' The Prime Minister's statement effectively laid down India's minimalist position - the borders will never be redrawn and the best Pakistan can hope for is recognition of the Line of Control as the border. In effect, the Prime Minister had also thrown the ball in Pakistan's court to formulate its Kashmir policy on this basis.