Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

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Defence minister Rajnath Singh. Photo: PTI.

Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir and no country is backing it on the “current issue”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday (August 29) amid Islamabad’s efforts to internationalize the Centre’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370.

Addressing a DRDO event here, Singh asked how India can talk to Pakistan when it keeps trying to destabilise India using terror.

India wants to have a good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan, but it should first stop exporting terror to India, Singh said.

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He asserted that Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir. “I want to ask Pakistan, when had Kashmir belonged to it. Kashmir was always part of India,” he said.

Pakistan should focus on addressing human rights violations and atrocities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the Union minister said.

He said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a telephonic conversation told him that abrogation of provisions of Article 370 was an internal matter of India. “No country is with Pakistan on the current issue,” Singh added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has successfully carried out the night-training launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, the Army said on Thursday. The ballistic missile is capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290 kms, the military’s media spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor wrote on Twitter.

President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed their appreciation to the team, and congratulated the nation on the feat, he said. The Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) also shared a video of the launch in his tweet.