Jaitley talks tough on Pak's ceasefire violation
Noting that there are issues in Kashmir, Jaitley also said the Valley had been by and large peaceful. He also praised the armed forces for showing exemplary courage in rescue operations during the J-K floods.Updated: Nov 09, 2014 17:28 IST
In a stern warning to Pakistan, India said on Sunday cannot be a dialogue with Islamabad if ceasefire violations are repeated.
"...if repeated ceasefire violations take place then environment for dialogue itself suffers," defence minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, said at the India Global Forum meeting in Delhi.
"Yes, there should be a dialogue. We will welcome it but then the environment for dialogue has to be created by both countries. One of them cannot upset the environment and then say why dialogue is not taking place," Jaitley said.
The dialogue process was derailed after Pakistan envoy met Kashmiri separatists just a day before the foreign secretary level talks in August.
"When we further the discussions (after swearing-in invitation) it was through foreign secretary dialogue, this was responded to by an immediate invite to the separatists particularly keeping in mind elections in J-K at the doorsteps. Now this we found completely unacceptable..." he said.
Noting that there are issues in Kashmir, Jaitley said the Valley had been by and large peaceful. "We are expecting a peaceful elections in the valley notwithstanding efforts to disturb the environment."
He also praised the armed forces for showing exemplary courage in rescue and relief operations during the recent floods in the state.
With regard to the border issue in the eastern region, Jaitley said India is keen for expediting the process to resolve the matter.
"As far as China is concerned, our economic relationship continues to grow, there are a lot of mutual investments in both countries and there are huge trade between two countries," he said.
"But then we have a pending issue of settlement of boundary itself and the commission appointed in 2003 for that purpose; we do hope it functions now expeditiously. We (will) continue to have a meaningful dialogue with them," he added.
First Published: Nov 09, 2014 13:19 IST