New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar slammed Pakistan for using terrorism as a ‘diplomatic tool’ hoping that Pakistan would one day become a ‘normal’ neighbour.
“Today if you look at international relations, I cannot think of any other country in the world which actually uses terrorism as a diplomatic tool against its neighbour. It is actually a unique phenomenon,” Jaishankar said at an interaction at the Valdai Discussion Club.
Jaishankar made the comments to Russian scholars and journalists following rift between India and Pakistan after revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
Jaishankar pointed out that India has struggled to have normal bilateral trade with Pakistan but Islamabad would not accord the Most Favoured Nation status to New Delhi and even prevented India’s trade with Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Russia on Wednesday described India’s decision of scraping Article 370 as an internal matter and called for the resolution of all issues between New Delhi and Islamabad through dialogue. The remarks by Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev coincided with the visit to Moscow by Jaishankar to prepare the grounds for PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Vladivostok next month to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum and an annual summit with President Vladimir Putin.