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Pak needs to end illegal occupation in Jammu and Kashmir: India

PTI
Published Jun 2, 2016, 7:24 pm IST
Updated Jun 2, 2016, 9:02 pm IST
There are no global dimensions of the Kashmir issue except for those who seek to needlessly internationalise the matter.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup (Photo: PTI)
 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: India on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for "needlessly internationalising" the Kashmir issue, asserting it was not the main cause of tension between the two countries and that externally sponsored terrorism was the central issue.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said Pakistan needs to end its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and stop interfering in India's internal matters.

 

Read: India hits back at Pak army chief, says getting back parts of PoK only issue with Pakistan

"We completely reject the insinuations by the vested interests against India which has rightful sovereignty over the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. We also stress that there are no global dimensions of the Kashmir issue except in the minds of those who seek to needlessly internationalise a bilateral matter. Pakistan needs to vacate its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and address the suffering caused to millions in those parts," he said.

 

He was asked to comment on a conference in Islamabad organised to discuss global dimension of Kashmir issue.

When asked about Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain's comments on Wednesday that India was "running away" from talks, Swarup said, "The main cause for lack of peace and continued instability in our region is externally sponsored terrorism and Pakistan's repeated interference in internal affairs of India."

Hussain had said despite Pakistan's offer of joint-probe in the Pathankot terror attack, India was avoiding the talks.

 

Read: Entire Jammu and Kashmir including PoK our integral part, asserts India

He had also raked up the Kashmir issue, calling it an "unfinished agenda of partition" and the main cause of regional tension.

Asked about Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan's comments that his country has the capability to hit New Delhi in five minutes, the MEA spokesperson did not give a direct reply, saying the Pakistani envoy in India has already said that only "foolish" people make such remarks.

Read: India ‘running away’ from talks, says Pakistan President

 

Replying to a question on China occupying parts of Kashmir, the MEA spokesperson said it is part of talks on boundary issue between the two countries.

Asked about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Swarup said India has asked both the countries to cease activities there.

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