FO rejects Indian minister’s statement, says Kashmir internationally recognized disputed territory
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan has rejected the remarks by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson who claimed the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir, including the regions of Gilgit and Baltistan, as an integral part of India.
In a statement on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah reminded that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute, pending final settlement through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN, as enshrined in several UN resolutions.
“Under these resolutions, no material change is allowed, yet India, in sheer violation of the resolutions, calls it a state of the union.”
Qazi Khalilullah said the Indian description of the elections being held in Gilgit-Baltistan on June 8 ‘as an attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of the regions,’ is interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.
“It is actually India which is unlawfully occupying the territories of Jammu and Kashmir. To maintain its illegal hold on that disputed territory, India has deployed over 700,000 forces, atrociously tries to suppress majority voice of Kashmiri Muslims and holds sham elections at gun point,” he maintained.
The spokesman said dispute stems from India’s constant refusal to implement the relevant Security Council Resolutions, which provide for a just solution of the Kashmir issue.
India’s position on Kashmir is one of utter disregard to the UN Resolutions, a consistent pattern of forceful occupation, denial of the inalienable right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.