India wants to have peaceful relations will all its neighbours, including Pakistan: Vice President

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu interacts with students from Jammu and Kashmir

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu interacts with girl students from Jammu and Kashmir

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said India wants to have peaceful relations will all its neighbours, including Pakistan.

Interacting with 30 girl students from five schools based in and around Srinagar, he said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and there is no question of any compromise on that.

“We are trying to resolve the dispute on PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) issue with the neighbour,” Vice President said during the interaction at his residence.

He said a “neighbour” was continuously trying to disturb the peace and deliberately creating trouble in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, by “abetting, aiding, funding and training terrorists”.

But India continues to believe in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), Vice President Naidu said.

“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and there is no question of any compromise” on the issue, he said.

On the PoK issue, the Vice President said, “We have to address those issues and that is what we are trying to do”.

“India does not want to have a disturbed relationship with anybody including Pakistan”. India does not believe in war and wants to live peacefully and “have a good relationship with Pakistan too,” Vice President Naidu said.

He recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to have healthy and peaceful relationships with the country’s neighbours and referred to the invitations extended to the heads of states of neighbouring countries when he was sworn in as PM in May 2014.

While India believes in democracy and continues to hold periodic elections to Lok Sabha, state assemblies and local bodies “our neighbour has no democracy”, Vice President Naidu said.

Sustaining democracy and holding elections “is the beauty of India and that is the beautiful way to govern ourselves,” he said.

Referring to the abrogation of Article 370, he said it must be seen as the redemption of Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress.

“It was a temporary provision that had long outlived its utility. Its abrogation was essential to fast-track the progress of the region,” the Vice President said.

For decades the Jammu and Kashmir region had suffered developmental deficit due to terrorism. Cross border militancy had spoiled the prospects of an entire generation of bright local youth. “We cannot let this continue”, he said.

Vice President Naidu commended the army’s Rashtriya Rifles for arranging the 10-day visit of children from Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh to Delhi and Agra.

“I believe that your visit to Delhi would be a memorable one and you will get to see the rapid changes taking place in the country and the new opportunities that would emerge from these changes”, he told the students.

The students were accompanied by two teachers, Rashtriya Rifles Major Jasneet Singh and Military Nursing Service Captain Anjal Preet Kaur.

(With input from an agency)