Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sets The Terms For Imran Khan, Says 'if There Is Talk With Pakistan Then It Will Be On PoK'

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After his statement on nuclear policy, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says if India holds talks with Pakistan, 'it will be only on PoK'

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

After Rajnath Singh's massive statement on where he hinted that India is likely to evolve from its 'No First Use'  policy on Friday using nuclear weapons, the Raksha Mantri has made an unsparing attack at Pakistan. The Defence Minister has slammed the country for its continued backing to terror outfits even as it plays the victim narrative in front of the world after Kashmir's integration with India. He even said that if India will hold talks with Pakistan, it would be only about Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir.

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While speaking at Panchkula, Haryana on Sunday, he said: 

"Pakistan is running from one country to another asking to save it. What have we done? Even the United States asked Pakistan to have talks with India. We have had two Constitution, two emblems, our PM decided to put an end to that. Article 370 was abrogated in J&K for its development," he said. 

"Pakistan says India should have talks with it. Talks with Pakistan will be held only if it stops supporting terror. And when we will hold a dialogue, it will now be on PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir)," he added. 

Singh also said that Imran Khan's fearmongering statement where he claimed India plans to attack it revealed that Pakistan acknowledges the Balakot airstrike by India on its land, which it had denied earlier. "A few days ago, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said that India is planning to take an action bigger than Balakot. It means that Pakistan PM acknowledges what India did in Balakot."

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Singh even tweeted about holding talks with Pakistan only on PoK.

On Friday,  the Defence Minister while speaking at Pokhran where he had gone to pay his tribute to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary said, "This is the truth that India's stand as much as Nuclear policy is concerned has remained 'no first policy' but what will happen in future will depend on the circumstances in the future." Atal Bihari Vajpayee conducted Nuclear Test in May 1998 in Pokhran when he was the Prime Minister."

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