Kashmir is India’s internal issue, ‘prime supporter of terrorism’ Pakistan must not interfere: Rahul Gandhi


Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took to social media to make his stand on the thorny issue of Jammu and Kashmir clear as he warned Pakistan to steer clear of any interference in what he described as an internal issue of India.

Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi tweeted, “I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.”

His subsequent tweet on the topic said that Pakistan was the ‘prime supporter of terrorism across the world.’ Gandhi wrote, “There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world.”

Gandhi’s clarification comes days after he took a delegation of opposition leaders to Srinagar but was forced to return to Delhi as the local administration stopped him from visiting the troubled region of Kashmir.

The valley has been under a complete shutdown ever since the Indian government revoked Article 370 and divided the state into union territories. The topic reportedly came up for discussion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-7 summit earlier this week. Trump later said, “We spoke last night about Kashmir, Prime Minister (Modi) feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good.”

Sitting beside the US President, PM Modi, while reiterating India’s stance on Kashmir, said that all the issues between India and Pakistan were bilateral, and ‘we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally.’