Pakistan can’t take Kashmir to ICJ: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: India on Monday said Pakistan cannot take Kashmir to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and asserted that the issue must be resolved bilaterally.
“India wants to settle all issues with Pakistan through dialogue”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, but also made it amply clear that “talks and terror cannot go together”.
Swaraj was addressing a press conference on completion of three years of the government.
The minister said there was no flip-flop on part of the government in handling Pakistan.
“Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to International Court of Justice. Kashmir issue can only be resolved bilaterally,” she said.
She was replying to a question on reported remarks of Pakistani law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to ICJ.
“We want to resolve all issues with Pakistan bilaterally but talks and terror cannot go together,” the minister said. PTI

One Response to "Pakistan can’t take Kashmir to ICJ: Sushma Swaraj"

  1. G. Din   June 6, 2017 at 12:37 am

    She is referring to Shimla Agreement which requires only bilateral negotiations. Let this not be an impediment to Pakistan in taking its case to ICJ. In fact, it will serve a great public purpose if it does so. IF ICJ accepts the case, Shimla Agreement stands null and void and Bhutto would have outwitted Indira Ghandy and secured the release of 100,000 of his mard-e-momin without batting an eye-lid. Pakistan may be able to expose the “fraud” that India (through Lord Mountbatten, the then Governor General of Indian Dominion) and Maharaja Hari Singh perpetrated by way of Accession Instrument by proving beyond any questioning that there was no such Instrument signed. So, it is strongly recommended that Pakistan pursue this line most energetically. Considering the enormous legal brilliance it possesses, it should be a walk in the park on a Sunday afternoon.
    Now, if ICJ refuses to take the case, that too serves a public purpose of shutting Pakistan up when it questions the Instrument of Accession.