War with Pakistan not an option, India will continue talks: Swaraj

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New Delhi: Dec 16; Declaring that "war is not an option", external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday it had decided to hold dialogue with Pakistan as it is the only way to remove "the shadow of terrorism".

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Swaraj said India and Pakistan had decided to hold talks on terror when the prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Ufa (Russia) in July and then in Paris recently.

"We said we can talk so that terrorism comes to an end. So talks (between NSAs) took place in Bangkok, where we discussed about terrorism. But one meeting will not bring a solution to all the problem. So we will continue the dialogue," she said during the Question Hour.

When BJP member Ganesh Singh asked if India was exploring options like the US did to hunt down terrorists like Osama bin Laden, Swaraj said India is talking to Pakistan on the terrorist camps existing in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as "war is not an option".

"We have decided that through talks, we will resolve the issue of terrorism as talks is the way forward so that the shadow of terror is removed. But we want to make it clear, our Prime Minister has made it clear that talks and terror can't go together. Dialogue is drowned by the sound of explosion," she said.

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