New Delhi: The world backs India on the Kashmir issue, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday, adding that India’s stature has grown in the world with Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited to various fora that the country was not a part of previously.
Addressing a press conference on the National Democratic Alliance government completing 100 days in office after being sworn in for a second consecutive term on 30 May, the minister said Pakistan’s attempts at internationalising the Kashmir dispute at the UN Security Council and other fora has been defeated by the Modi government.
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“Pakistan knocked on many doors but it failed, the world is with us," Javadekar told reporters referring to Islamabad alleging human rights violations in Kashmir and attempting to get a discussion and resolution through the UN Security Council on 16 August.
Pakistan raised these issues after India revoked Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, integrating the region with the rest of the country and also bifurcating the state into two union territories. However, Islamabad attempts failed to have the desired results, given that France, the US and Russia did not support its moves.
The minister noted that Modi received invitations to represent the country at forum like the G-7 and that was due to India’s growing economic heft in the eyes of the world.
In the defence sector, the government was on track with its promises on modernisation of the armed forces, Javadekar said referring to the induction of eight Apache helicopters in the Indian Air Force. “Other equipment is also coming," he said referring to the French-built Rafale scheduled to join the Indian Air Force on 19 September.