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In an interview to NDTV, Mr Khurshid voiced concern over ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and hoped these do not result in any more casualties. 
 — File Photo by AFP
In an interview to NDTV, Mr Khurshid voiced concern over ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and hoped these do not result in any more casualties. — File Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: India rejected on Sunday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s suggestion for US mediation in the Kashmir dispute and Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said it would be a waste of time to question Delhi’s claim over the troubled region.

In an interview to NDTV, Mr Khurshid voiced concern over ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and hoped these do not result in any more casualties.

He, however, rejected suggestions that these have led to a collapse of the truce between the two neighbours.

Mr Khurshid also said that any US economic aid to Pakistan must not be used in a manner that is detrimental to India's security and strategic interests and hoped that Washington will keep that in mind as a “good strategic partner”.

“There is no way in which India will accept any intervention on an issue that is entirely accepted in the Simla Agreement as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan,” he said.

He said Kashmir was an integral part of India and no-one should raise a question on that. “It is a waste of time for anybody no matter how eminent to be even trying to question it,” he said.

On whether the ceasefire has collapsed, he said: “I don’t think that is true. There are many violations. It is a large number of small-armed fires.

It is unacceptable and certainly counter-productive. But I don’t think we can at this point say that ceasefire has collapsed. That would not be a correct assessment of the situation.”

Press Trust of India said Mr Khurshid also got useful backing from the principal opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi said no third party had the right to interfere on the matter.

He appealed to US President Barack Obama to reject Mr Sharif's proposal, which was made during a stopover in London on his way to the US.

Ahead of his meeting with President Obama, Mr Sharif on Sunday reportedly sought US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Mr Joshi said India has already made it very clear that not just the Kashmir issue, but any matter between India and Pakistan would be solved only by the two countries, and no third party had the right to get involved.

“Nawaz Sharif’s statement on US intervention is not accepted,” he said.

Typically, the leftists too came into the frame. Terming the Kashmir matter as a bilateral issue, Communist Party of India’s National Secretary D. Raja said Islamabad should not try to internationalise the Kashmir issue.

“Why should the United States be allowed to interfere in an issue which is being dealt with between India and Pakistan?” he said.

“Pakistan government should realise this. Islamabad had earlier tried to internationalise this issue but had failed.”

Comments (15) Closed

Arun Oct 21, 2013 08:51am

Pakistan signed the Simla agreement, by which it agreed to resolve the Kashmir dispute bilaterally, which means no UN or US involvement. So why have Pakistani leaders repeatedly asked for US intervention? Do they respect and honor the agreements they sign?

Abhishek Tomar Oct 21, 2013 12:07pm

Update your readers....even USA has rejected the request

~BKH Oct 21, 2013 12:47pm

The Mediator could only make recommendations. It is for the parties to accept/reject it. there is such a divergence in India/Pakistan position that no mediator will bridge it. the solution to the soul destroying dispute is to accept LOC and move forward to resolve the issue.

Taimur Oct 21, 2013 01:07pm

same stubborn tone of Indian politician and turn away from the facts doesnt mean facts will change. Fact is India is the one who made Kashmir issue International by going to UN, at UN they begged and vowed we will hold refrendum to in Kashmir and will people of Kashmir decide, SO all these politicians talking is just a non sense, I wish UN was strong enough at first place...

Arvind Sinha Oct 21, 2013 06:47pm

It appears Mr Nawaz sharif is yet not satisfied with Drones of US otherwise he would not have asked for intervention of US

a Oct 21, 2013 09:54pm

India realizes that any 3rd country intervention, will eventually give the Kashmiri's the right to choose their future, and that eventually is india's worst nightmare. Shame on india.

Afrooz Oct 22, 2013 01:46am

The only way sovereign countries cede territory is when there is a military action. Unless Pakistan is capable and willing to declare war with India - no amount of 'negotiations' or 'pleading' will help. And this is a war where no one will come to assist Pakistan - China or Iran included. Are we prepared to risk the fate of millions for some territorial gains?

Martin Oct 22, 2013 06:04am

The entire world has repeatedly seen how twofaced the U.N. is in terms of functioning as an organisation for global peace, just and prosperity.

Nawaz Sharif is so stupid to think the U.S. could do anything on this issue when they haven't done anything to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. Rather - instead of working towards a Palestinian state they've condoned further Jewish settlements in the Westbank, where land has continously been annexed for the past decades.

akram Oct 22, 2013 03:21pm

US is already intervening in pakistan; At least, let sharif convinced on drone strikes.

brijesh Oct 23, 2013 02:31am

@Arun: Well said...

Peace Maker. Oct 23, 2013 03:37am

The world does not trust India and Pakistan to resolve this issue that is why one must try to bring in the US, UK and Russia to settle this issue for good. Neither India nor Pakistan will give up their territories. Three generations have fought overs this, thousands of people including members of armed forces are dead, while India and Pakistan continue to be in the ranks of impoverished nations. When will this madness stop? Why not be realistic and accept LOC as the international border, give Kashimiri's 1 year to move to India or Pakistan as the nation of their choice and finish this dispute. Open the borders and let the investment in humanlife and industry begin. Indians and Pakistanis get along well so stop this madness.

Rao Oct 23, 2013 06:17am

@Afrooz: "The only way sovereign countries cede territory is when there is a military action."....but Pakistan has ceded about 5000 of Northern territories to China....What's you take on this?

raja hindustani Oct 23, 2013 11:40am

Pakistan is behaving like over-possessive lover as far as Kashmir issue is concern. Remember....over-possessiveness often lead to self destruction. :)

Rana Oct 23, 2013 03:43pm

Firstly, Pakistan was foolish in ever thinking the Kashmir issue could be resolved bilaterally. Secondly, India is forgetting the US is the King of all Foxes and if the US is to gain anything then it will have its way in Kashmir by hook or by crook. It is only a matter of time. India and Pakistan are simply powerless.

a Oct 23, 2013 10:06pm

@Rao: India has similarly ceeded territory to China as well. Look at your own country before commenting on others.