- India has told Pakistan many times that Jammu and Kashmir has always been and will always be a part of India.
- India has said that it wants to have normal, friendly ties with Pakistan that are free of terror, violence, and hostility.
Pakistan’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is ready to cross the Line of Control (LoC) to keep its honor and dignity. Pakistan has said that this “belligerent rhetoric” threatens peace and security in the region.
On Wednesday, for the 24th Kargil Vijay Diwas, Singh spoke at the Kargil War Memorial in the town of Drass in Ladakh. He said that no compromises would be made to protect the sovereignty, unity, and dignity of the country.
“We will do anything to keep the honor and pride of the country…We are ready to cross the LoC if that’s what it takes…”We will cross the LoC if we are provoked and if we have to,” Singh said.
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“India was forced to fight the Kargil War. At the time, India and Pakistan tried to work out their differences through talks. “Pakistan has backstabbed us,” he said, adding that the military has been given free reign to kill the “nation’s enemies.”
In response to Singh’s comments, the Foreign Office in Islamabad said that Pakistan is ready to protect itself against any kind of attack.
In a statement released on Wednesday, it said, “We advise India to be very careful because its bellicose rhetoric is a threat to regional peace and stability and makes the strategic environment in South Asia less stable.”
It was said that this is not the first time that India’s government leaders and top military officers have said things that were “highly irresponsible” about Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Relations between India and Pakistan have often been tense because of the situation in Kashmir and because of terrorism that comes from Pakistan and crosses into India.
But relations between the two countries grew worse after India broke Article 370 of its Constitution on August 5, 2019, which took away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split it into two Union Territories.
Pakistan was very upset by India’s choice, so it cut off diplomatic ties and kicked out the Indian envoy.
India has told Pakistan many times that Jammu and Kashmir has always been and will always be a part of India. India has said that it wants to have normal, friendly ties with Pakistan that are free of terror, violence, and hostility.