Updated: May 18, 2022 7:12:03 am
Calling the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir “farcical”, New Delhi on Tuesday said Islamabad has no locus standi to interfere in internal matters of India.
The Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, rejected the resolution and asked Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism and shut down its “infrastructure of terrorism”.
“We categorically reject the farcical resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the subject of the delimitation exercise in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bagchi said. “Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in matters that are internal to India, including Indian territories under Pakistan’s illegal and forcible occupation.”
Responding to media queries on the resolution, Bagchi said, “It is regrettable that instead of putting their own house in order, the leadership in Pakistan continues to interfere in India’s internal affairs and engage in baseless and provocative anti-India propaganda.” He said the entire territory of the UTs of J&K and Ladakh has been, is, and
shall always remain an integral part of India.
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“The delimitation exercise in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a democratic exercise based on principles of extensive stakeholder consultation and participation,” he said.
Bagchi said: “We reiterate that Pakistan must immediately cease anti-India cross-border terrorism and shut down its infrastructure of terrorism; stop the grave and persistent human rights violations in Pakistan occupied Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (PoJKL); refrain from effecting any further material changes in the status of PoJKL, and vacate
Indian territories that are under its illegal and forcible occupation.”
This comes a day after India criticised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) statement on the delimitation exercise in J&K.
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