India rejects Pak PM’s plea,BJP backs govt

Kashmir is an integral part of India and no one should raise a question,said Khurshid.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: October 21, 2013 1:23:36 am

India Sunday rejected outright Nawaz Sharif’s proposal for US intervention in resolving Kashmir issue,asserting Kashmir is an integral part of the country and that it will be a “waste of time” for anybody to even try to question this.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid made it clear that India will not accept any US intervention,as the matter is a bilateral one agreed to between the two countries.

The government also got the backing of the BJP for its stand with senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi saying no third party has the right to interfere on the matter,and appealed to US President Barack Obama to reject Sharif’s proposal.

“There is no way in which India will accept any intervention on an issue that is entirely accepted in the Simla Agreement as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan,” Khurshid told NDTV.

He said Kashmir is an integral part of India and no one should raise a question on that. “It is a waste of time for anybody,no matter how eminent,to be even trying to question it.”

Joshi said India has already made it very clear that not just the Kashmir issue,but any matter between India and Pakistan would be solved only by the two countries,and no third party has the right to get involved.

The BJP leader said he he would like to tell the UPA government that not only the BJP,but the whole country is against American intervention.

Terming the Kashmir matter as a bilateral issue,CPI national secretary D Raja said,“Why should the US be allowed to interfere in an issue which is being dealt with between India and Pakistan.” “Pakistan government should realise this. Islamabad had earlier tried to internationalise this issue but had failed,” he said.

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