NEW DELHI: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today had some sharp words for Pakistan, a day after Islamabad, in protest to the government’s decisions on Kashmir, downgraded its ties with India.
“We have our utmost apprehensions about our neighbour. The issue is that you can change friends but it is not in your hands to choose your neighbour. And the kind of neighbour who is next to us. I pray to god that no one gets such a neighbour,” Mr Singh said in Hindi while addressing army veterans in Delhi.
India today termed Pakistan’s actions an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about the bilateral ties between the two neighbours and asked it to review its decisions. On Wednesday, Pakistan had expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad and had announced a five-point plan that included downgrading its ties with India and suspending bilateral trade.
Pakistan had also said it will appeal to the UN Security Council against the Narendra Modi government’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split it into two union territories.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned earlier that the Kashmir move would have “serious repercussions”.