Katju's 'reunification of India' comment: Khurshid cautions

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New Delhi, Dec 9: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday cautioned against picking up issues which may raise people's emotions unnecessarily, a day after Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Markandey Katju favoured reunification of India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue.

Asked to comment on Katju's remarks on the only way to find a solution to Kashmir issue yesterday, Khurshid said the PCI Chairperson has the freedom to say a lot of things which he does not have.

"Justice Katju has freedom to say a lot of things but I don't have. We cannot talk about something reversing history because that can only be done if everyone speaks that way...We should not pick up something that once again raises people's emotions unnecessarily."

"But he is a visionary and he is a person who has his own ways and it's interesting to hear what he says," Khurshid told PTI on the sidelines of a function when asked to comment on Katju's views.

Addressing a seminar here, Katju had said that the only solution to the Kashmir problem is reunification of India and Pakistan under a strong and "modern-minded" government which will not tolerate bigotry.

Khurshid said both India and Pakistan should emotionally bond to understand each other.

"Well, it is a way of expressing what divides us. Originally one people, one family. We got divided because of the events that took place. But sometimes when it happens you have to learn to live together. And in learning to live together if you blame each other you never learn to live together. So emotionally you have to bond to understand each other," he said.

Khurshid said India wants resolution of all issues with its neighbours through talks.

"With our neighbours, we have to talk. Because there is no substitute to dialogue, it has to be placed with an open heart. Sometimes it improves, sometimes it gets retarded, sometimes it moves forward but we are working on it and let the dialogue continue," he said.

PTI

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