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India slams Pak army chief for saying Kashmir is an 'unfinished agenda' of partition

PTI 03 Jun 2015, 22:21:11 IST
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New Delhi: Reacting strongly to Pakistani Army chief General Raheel Sharif's remarks that Kashmir was an “unfinished agenda” of the Partition, India today said Pakistan can keep “harbouring the wrong notions” but that will not make any difference to actual conditions.  

“I think this is the notion they will keep harbouring.  They can keep harbouring that wrong notion. It will not make any difference to actual conditions,” Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said.

He was asked about Sharif's remarks that Kashmir was an “unfinished agenda” of Partition in 1947 and was “inseparable” from Pakistan.

Addressing cadets at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad, Raheel said, “Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of Partition. Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable” and linked peace with India to resolving the Kashmir issue as per the UN resolutions.

Singh, a former Army Chief, said that Pakistan should apologise for the atrocities done to Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, and also for its acts during the 1948, 1971 and 1965 wars.

“Any war you take with Pakistan, there has been a great amount of violation of not only the human rights but of Geneva Convention. We haven't got anything on whatever protestations we have made.

We hope all our efforts will succeed.  “Pakistan should not only apologise over Captain Kalia's case, but should also apologise for the violations right through...whether it was 1947, 1965 or 1971 or whether it is 1999,” the Minister of State for External Affairs Overseas Indian Affairs said.

On Monday, the government bowed to public pressure and reversed its stand on the brutal torture of Kalia by Pakistani troops and announced that it could explore the option of moving the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan.