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Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said that there is no need for India to go to war with its neighbour.
Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said that there is no need for India to go to war with its neighbour.

Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said that there is no need for India to go to war with its neighbour.

“There should not be war, no need for it right now. People ask what is to be done now? I will say, diplomacy, back channels, and continue to do what we are doing right now internationally,” said Former EAM Natwar Singh.

“War is not easy. If you attack them today, obviously they won’t remain silent and will attack you in return. You can either hold talks or have war, both are nuclear powers. But its not going to be easy, we have to be careful, ” he said.

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“The Line-of-Control (LoC) should be recognised as the international border. Farooq Abdullah has also said it.”

“We have been successful in isolating Pakistan, no country supported Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly, not even the Muslim countries,” he added.

When asked about the abrogation of Indus Waters Treaty, he said, “There is no need for that. It has been going on well since 56 years.”

“There is no solution. We have tried every method. I’m saying ‘eventually’, not today or tomorrow. In my judgement that’s the only solution.”

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The tense Indo-Pak relations took a hard hit when on September 18, militants stormed an army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, killing 18 Indian soldiers. Backed by most nations, India immediately put blame on its neighbour, accusing it of terror activities in the valley.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif however, denied the country’s involvement and rebutted India’s claims saying that the attack was an outcome of the current unrest in the state.

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The state of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be battered ever since the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8. Curfew-like restrictions have remain enforced in several regions of the valley for over two months.

Commenting on the state’s current position, Singh said, “Situation in Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating day by day. It is the responsibility of the state government.”