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No talks with Pakistan unless they take action against ‘terror groups on its soil’, says Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister of India has said that there can be no dialogue with Pakistan unless they take action against ‘terror groups on its soil.’

Speaking at a conference in Delhi Swaraj said that if Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan is a statesman then he should hand over JeM chief Azhar to India.

“If he is so generous then he should hand over JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) chief Masood Azhar to India. Let’s see how generous he is.”

“We are ready to engage with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror…talks and terror cannot go together,” said Sushma Swaraj.

Questioning Pakistan’s retaliation to Indian air strikes in Balakot, she said that India had specifically targeted the Jaish group but “Why did the Pakistani military attack us on behalf of JeM?”

“You not only keep JeM on your soil, but fund them and when the victim country retaliates, you attack it on the terror outfit’s behalf,” Sushma Swaraj said, adding that it needs to control the ISI and its army, who are bent on “destroying the bilateral relations” time and again.

Earlier, China once again put a technical hold on a proposal by the UN Security Council to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.


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