NEW DELHI: Terrorism remains publicly acknowledged by Pakistan government as a policy making it difficult for India to conduct normal relations with them, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.
“In terms of your… question, how are we with Pakistan. Well, I am afraid we’re still at the, if not the perennial issues, at least the long-lasting ones, which is terrorism from Pakistan continues,” Jaishankar said while speaking at an online event hosted by the Asia Society
“Terrorism from Pakistan continues & remains publically acknowledged by their govt as a policy they’re justifying. Makes it very hard to conduct normal relations with them. They don’t do normal trade with India, we don’t have a normal visa relationship,” he added.
The external affairs minister said that Pakistan has blocked connectivity between India and Afghanistan and from Afghanistan to India.
“Normal neighbours do visas and trade. They give you connectivity and most important they don’t practice terrorism. And I think until we address that problem, this challenge of how do you have a normal relationship with this very unique neighbour is a very troubling issue for our foreign policy,” he said.
Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived after a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror groups based in the neighbouring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.
(With agency inputs)