Pakistan Rejects India’s Statement on Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

  • In a statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign Office on Monday, the statement of the Indian Foreign Minister was, in fact, a failure of international human rights abuses there.
  • "Our position on [Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir] has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India," said India's Foreign Minister.
  • US President Donald Trump has said twice in recent weeks in the wake of the current situation in Kashmir that he is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan even if both are not ready for it.

Pakistan has said that it rejected the Indian Foreign Minister’s provocative and irresponsible statements regarding himself and  Kashmir. Earlier, the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, had said that the abolition of Article 370 was an internal matter of India and part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and would fall under the sovereignty of India.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is an Indian diplomat turned politician who is serving as the current Minister of External Affairs in the Government of India since May 31, 2019. He is the second Foreign Minister to serve in Narendra Modi’s BJP government.

In a statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign Office on Monday, the statement of the Indian Foreign Minister was, in fact, a failure of international human rights abuses there. The Foreign Office of Pakistan has added that India cannot divert the attention of the international community from its crimes by accusing Pakistan.

The Foreign Office appealed to the international community to take seriously the provocative statement made by India on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Pakistan said in a message to the international community that such irresponsible statements would further increase tensions and threaten the peace and security of the region. Pakistan also said that they wanted peace but was ready to respond effectively to any provocation.

Pakistan Deals with ‘Terrorists’

Addressing a press conference about the performance of the Foreign Ministry on the completion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Tuesday, Dr. Jaishankar described India’s position on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “Our position on [Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir] has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India.”

Responding to a question about the elimination of Article 370 granting special status to India-administered Kashmir, and the possibility of dialogue with Pakistan, he said that Kashmir is an internal matter of India and said no one has any dialogue with Pakistan. “With regard to Pakistan, issue is not Article 370 but Pakistan’s terrorists. We must make the world realize. Show me anywhere else in the world where any country conducts terrorism openly against its neighbor as part of what it considers its foreign policy,” said Shankar.

Neither India nor Pakistan has formally recognised the accession of the areas claimed by the other. India claims those areas, including the area “ceded” to China by Pakistan in the Trans-Karakoram Tract in 1963, are a part of its territory, while Pakistan claims the entire region excluding Aksai Chin and Trans-Karakoram Tract. The two countries have fought several declared wars over the territory. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 established the rough boundaries of today, with Pakistan holding roughly one-third of Kashmir, and India one-half, with a dividing line of control established by the United Nations. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 resulted in a stalemate and a UN-negotiated ceasefire.

When asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have a conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during his stay in the United States at the United Nations General Assembly later this month, he said, “The problem with Pakistan is that they only talk and they do nothing to end terrorism.”

The relations between India and Pakistan regarding the current situation in Kashmir are extremely strained. The Prime Ministers of the two countries will address the UN General Assembly later this month. India is trying to prevent the Kashmir issue from becoming the center of international attention. Pakistan wants to draw the world’s attention to the forty days of lockdown and sanctions in Kashmir.

US President Donald Trump has said twice in recent weeks in the wake of the current situation in Kashmir that he is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan even if both are not ready for it. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he could discuss his bilateral issues with Pakistan. But in connection with Kashmir, he dismissed his offer of mediation as an internal matter for India.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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