Wednesday, July 24, 2024

‘Unwarranted References’: India Slams China-Pakistan Joint Statement on J&K – N.F Times

New Delhi: India has rejected the joint statement of China-Pakistan planning ‘unilateral actions’ to resolve all outstanding issues issues in South Asia, including Kashmir, India. Thursday India rejected the statement terming it as “unwarranted references” to Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have noted unwarranted references to the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir in the joint statement between China and Pakistan of 07 June 2024. We categorically reject such references,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

“The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh have been, are and will always remain integral and inalienable parts of India. No other country has the locus standing to comment on the same,” Jaiswal further added.

The MEA spokesman also opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), stating that “some of which are in India’s sovereign territory under forcible and illegal occupation by Pakistan.”

“We resolutely oppose and reject any moves by other countries to reinforce or legitimise Pakistan’s illegal occupation of these territories, impinging on India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he stated.

Recently Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif visited China and after he met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, a joint statement was issued in Beijing on June 7.

In their statement, China and Pakistan called for “unilateral action” for the resolution of all outstanding issues in South Asia. Sharif also discussed with the Chinese leadership about the situation in Kashmir and consulted the close ties between their militaries.

“The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinese side reiterated that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is left over from history and should be properly and peacefully resolved in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements,” it concluded.z

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