Rajnath Singh says talks with Pakistan will only focus on PoK

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Rajnath Singh during the roadshow
Rajnath Singh during the roadshow

Islamabad : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reassured India's tough stand against Pakistan and said that if bilateral talks happen then they will be focused only on PoK, a territory under Pakistan's control since it invaded the state in 1947.

"If talks are held with Pakistan, it will now be on PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir)," Mr Singh said while addressing a public meeting in Haryana, where assembly elections are expected in October.

He also said that there is one more condition that must be fulfilled if Pakistan really want to have a bilateral talk with India; and it is that they must stop terrorism pertaining in their territory.

Rajnath Singh's comments come days after he said that India reserves rights to revoke its 'No First Use' pledge - the cornerstone of its nuclear weapons policy for decades.

The minister underscored the point on Sunday. "Our neighbour is knocking doors of international community, saying India made a mistake," he said, a day after the United Nation's Security Council met to discuss Kashmir, following a request from Pakistan's all-weather ally China.

But the meeting of the 15 nations - five permanent members and 10 rotating members - had ended without any resolution, seen as a massive snub to Pakistan.