Terming as "unacceptable" Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif's remark describing Kashmir as "jugular vein" of his country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today asserted Kashmir was an integral part of India and there can be no "remotest way" in which it will accept any attempt to put a question mark over it.
Khurshid said all political parties have very specifically and very categorically "repudiated" whatever has been said by Sharif.
"We acknowledge that and we associate ourselves with the commonly held position, the common position in our country that Kashmir is an integral part of our country, it is part of the idea of India, and there can be no remotest way in which we will accept any attempt to qualify that or to put a question mark on that. That should be categorically clear," Khurshid said.
The External Affairs Minister Sharif mentioned Kashmir in "a manner which is unwholesome and unacceptable." He said the "tone and tenor of the speeches" that have been made are "completely and totally unacceptable" to India.
"I think that these are matters that, frankly, it is not for me to advise them but are best left to bilateral discussions between civilian authorities. This is not the realm of the armed forces to be discussing publicly," he said.
Khurshid said Pakistan armed forces should focus on combating terrorism.
"I must add that Pakistan has difficult challenges today to face from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who obviously have their masters the Al Qaeda. And I think the army in Pakistan and the armed forces and security forces there would be well advised to address the challenges that come from TTP and other unwholesome forces that are attacking civilians in Pakistan," Khurshid said.
On comments made by Pakistani leaders that they are willing to work with Narendra Modi, he said, "I am surprised that they have little else to do than to spend their time talking about what the possibilities for future may be."
Khurshid said he was quite confident that "we will form UPA-3 and hopefully take forward whatever positive steps already taken over the past few months.
"I understand this slowdown because everyone does not necessarily believe that it is productive to talk to a government that is coming to the end of its tenure as we had the problem when their government was coming to the end of their tenure.
"I think that they are wasting their time by spending so much unnecessary attention on something that would not happen," he said.