NEW DELHI, June 06 (SABAH): India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that Pakistan cannot take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) according to Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration.
Sushma gave this statement while responding to a question about Pakistani law officer’s statement in which he hinted at moving ICJ regarding Kashmir issue after India took Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case to the global court.
Swaraj said, “Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to ICJ. The Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration are very clear on Kashmir issue that it can only be resolved bilaterally. The two countries are bound by these bilateral agreements.”
According to India Today, Swaraj also referred to some cases pending in other courts such as Hyderabad Nizam funds case in the UK and issues related to the Indus Waters Treaty before the World Bank.
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While responding to claims that New Delhi had maintained a ‘flip-flop policy’ with Islamabad, she reiterated that India wants to hold dialogue with Pakistan, and resolve issues bilaterally without any third party mediation, but terror and talks cannot go together.
She also made it clear that there is no possibility of any meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi during their visit in Kazakhstan this week. “No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” she said.
Let it be known that Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi will both attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on June 8-9 at Astana in Kazakhstan.