India

India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, has criticized Pakistan once again for engaging in cross-border terrorism against India

India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, has criticized Pakistan for practicing cross-border terrorism against India and called for Pakistan to deliver on its commitment to not encourage or sponsor such activities. His comments come ahead of the visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to India in May for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.

Jaishankar’s comments are significant given the recent terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, which killed five Indian soldiers. Pakistan announced Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit just hours after the attack.

India has repeatedly called out Pakistan for supporting terrorist activities and providing safe havens to terrorist groups. India desires normal neighborly relations with Pakistan under its “Neighborhood First Policy” but insists that both countries must resolve issues in an environment free of terror and violence, and that Pakistan must create such a conducive environment.