New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) was a part of India and expressed hope that New Delhi will have “physical jurisdiction” over it one day.

"Our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it," he told reporters.

The government has maintained that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about PoK and not on Kashmir.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have made statements in this regard in the recent past after Pakistan sought to internationalise the Kashmir issue. 

Last month, soon after India abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted in Lok Sabha that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and said "we are ready to give our lives for it", even as the Congress slammed the Centre’s move to repeal Article 370.

Addressing a press conference on the first 100 days of the Modi 2.0 government, Jaishankar said there was no need to "worry" too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir, asserting that India's position on its internal issues has prevailed and will prevail.

The minister also asserted that there is a complete predictability of India's position since 1972.

"Beyond a point, don't worry too much about what people will say on Kashmir. There is a complete predictability about my position. My position has been clear since 1972 and my position is not going to change. At the end of the day, it is my issue. On my issue, my position has prevailed and will prevail," the external affairs minister said.

He was replying to questions on Pakistan's attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue and concerns expressed by some foreign leaders on human rights condition in Kashmir.

He also emphasised that countries develop a reputation, Jaishankar recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in Afghanistan about "information technology" vs "international terrorism'' and how IT has two different meanings, in a reference to India, which is known for its IT professional, and Pakistan.

Attacking Pakistan, he said India has a "unique challenge" from one neighbour who needs to act normal and take action against cross-border terrorism.

Jaishankar also said one of the key achievements of the government in this period has been a strong connection between national security and foreign policy goals.

He said Indian voice is now heard much more on global stage, be it at G20 summit or at climate conferences.

The minister said India's narrative on issues like cross-border terrorism and abrogation of Article 370 has been articulated to global audience.

In an obvious reference to Pakistan, Jaishankar said, "We have a unique challenge from one neighbour and that would remain a challenge so until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism."

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta