23 September, 2020

'They Are Politicising Purely Humanitarian Gestures'

Union external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha responded to V. Sudarshan twice: on October 26, and then on October 30, a day after Pakistan responded to India's proposals.

'They Are Politicising Purely Humanitarian Gestures'
Part II: October 30

What do you think about Pakistan's counter-proposals, more specifically on the bus link between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar?

Pakistan has, unfortunately, opted to politicise what was a purely humanitarian gesture. They have disrupted the proposal by attaching conditions they knew wouldn't be acceptable. Even now people from these regions travel without requiring the kind of documents that Pakistan has spoken about. We hope Pakistan will review its approach on this. On our part, India remains committed to doing everything possible to facilitate people-to-people contact between the people of our two countries.

Did we expect Pakistan to add the UN clause to our proposal on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus link?

We were not surprised. We are by now so familiar with Pakistan's negative mindset that none of their actions comes as a surprise. Let me admit however that we are disappointed to see Pakistan frustrate a measure aimed at the people of Jammu and Kashmir..

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