There should not be war with Pakistan: Former EAM Natwar Singh

| Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 09:25
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He says, India don't need a war with Pakistan

New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said that there should not be a war with Pakistan.

“There should not be war, no need for it right now. People ask, what is to be done now. I will say, diplomacy, back channels and continue to do what we are doing right now internationally,” said Singh.

He also warned of disastrous fallout of war as both countries are nuclear powers.

“You can either hold talks or have war, both are nuclear powers. But it is not going to be easy, we have to be careful,” he said.

Quoting former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah on border dispute, Singh said that the LoC should be recognised as the international border.

“There is no solution and we tried every method. I'm saying ‘eventually’, not today or tomorrow. In my judgement that’s the only solution,” he said.

The Padma Bhushan awardee bats for cordial bilateral relations in the interest of both Pakistan and India.

“There is no need to abrogate Indus Waters Treaty. War is not easy, if you attack them today, obviously they won't remain silent and will attack you in return,” said Singh on Indo-Pak ties.

Referring to recent terror attacks in Kashmir, the former EAM accused Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for promoting terrorism.

“We have been successful in isolating Pakistan, no country supported Nawaz Sharif at United Nations General Assembly, not even the Muslim countries,” he said.

On unrest situation in Kashmir, Singh said the Valley is deteriorating day by day and it is the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order.

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