No mistrust with neighbours on border issue, Govt tells Lok Sabha

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Lok Sabha. PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Lok Sabha.

India and China are committed to seeking a fair and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary dispute through negotiations, the government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday reply to a question whether a “high degree of mistrust” prevails between India and its neighbours mainly due to border issues.

In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh gave a detailed response on India’s border disputes with neighbouring countries, including Pakistan.

Singh said there was no question of a “high degree of mistrust” mainly due to border disputes with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka and the issue was also not applicable in case of Nepal.

The minister said as far as China is concerned, the two countries have agreed to appoint Special Representatives to explore the framework for a boundary settlement from the political perspective of the overall bilateral relationship.

20th round of the special representatives-level talks were held here on December 22, 2017, he said.

The minister said that Pakistan has launched attacks on India in 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999.

“Pakistan also supported insurgency and terrorism in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and also aids and abets cross-border terrorism targeted against India which endangers security and stability not only of India but of the entire region. Pakistan covets territory of J-K which is an integral part of India,” he asserted.

The minister’s reply was to a question posed by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge about the details of border disputes between India and its neighbouring countries, including China and Pakistan, and also whether a “high degree of mistrust” continues between India and its neighbours mainly due to border disputes.

Singh also said that the government’s consistent policy has been that it desires good neighbourly relations with Pakistan. “However, this necessarily requires an environment free from terror, hostility and violence.”

Government desires good-neighbourly relations with Pakistan and it is for Pakistan to honour its publicly stated commitment not to allow any territory under its control to be used against India in any manner and take effective and credible action to put an end to cross border terrorism, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)