Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday rejected Indian foreign ministry spokesperson’s comments on the joint press release of the Second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue and said that New Delhi’s “self-serving claims” regarding Kashmir have no basis.
“The [Indian] Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) contentions about Jammu and Kashmir being the so-called ‘integral and inalienable part’ of India and an ‘internal affair’ are a laughable fiction, totally contrary to historical and legal facts and in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions,” Pakistan’s FO was quoted as saying in a statement.
The statement reportedly said that New Delhi’s “self-serving claims” regarding Kashmir have no basis whatsoever. The Pak FO said that India has no “locus standi” on the Kashmir issue be it historical, legal or moral.
“The regurgitation of false claims by India can neither change facts nor divert attention from India’s alleged state-terrorism in Kashmir,” said the Pak FO in statement.
Pakistan called on India to faithfully implement its international obligations rather than resorting to false and misleading assertions.
“India must immediately vacate its illegal and forcible occupation of Kashmir and let the Kashmiris exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as enshrined in the relevant UNSC Resolutions,” the Pak FO was quoted as saying in a statement.
On Thursday, Qureshi had arrived in southern China’s Hainan province to attend the second meeting of the China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue and briefed the Chinese side on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position and current urgent issues.