Boundaries with Pakistan cannot be redrawn, J&K is integral part of India: Jaitley
SRINAGR: Pakistan must understand that boundaries with
India cannot be redrawn as Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of this
country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.
Jaitley also cited the historic bus trip to Lahore
undertaken in 1999 by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee while extending
India’s hand of friendship to Pakistan, to drive home the point that while
neighbours cannot be changed, relations with them can be transformed.
“Our neighbouring country will have to understand that
whatever means they use, they will not get any part of this country. The times
have changed when the borders of the country could be changed. Boundaries
cannot be now rewritten. The borders will remain as they are,” Jaitley said
while addressing a civil society meet organised by BJP here.
“One thing I will make clear is that all people living
in the country will have to accept that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part
of this country,” he said.
The senior BJP leader, referring to Vajpayee’s speech
in Pakistan when he travelled on the Delhi-Lahore bus, recalled that India was
hopeful that Islamabad would reciprocate its initiative.
“Vajpayee took an initiative when he went to Lahore in
the bus. He extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan and in the speech he made
in Pakistan, he said history can be changed, geography cannot be changed.
“A neigbour will remain a neighbour but the relations
with that country — good or bad — can be changed. That time also we were
hopeful that the initiative will be responded to in kind,” Jaitley said.
Without naming Pakistan, the minister said use of
terrorism to implement its policy would not bear any fruit as there was no
acceptance to violence as a tool at global level.
India has also strengthened its capability to deal
with it, he said.
He said India, where 1/6th of the world population
lives and has emerged as a military and economic power, terrorism, insurgency
or violence cannot be used to bring in a change.
“There are two reasons. The people who took to guns
for getting heard will have to understand that over the past few decades,
India’s capability to deal with this gun has increased. At the global level
too, nobody is willing to support or listen to those who want to get things
done by the might of the gun. The global appetite to accept those who indulge
in violence is now over, it is not acceptable,” he added.