NEW DELHI: India on Thursday rejected the latest “elections” held in PoK, whereas concurrently rejecting a reference to the CPEC in a latest Pakistan-China joint assertion, saying it lies in India’s territory that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan and which is resolutely opposed by India.
The Indian response additionally coated the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the joint assertion with the MEA spokesperson saying Union Territories of J&Ok and Ladakh are an integral and inalienable half of India.
Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated India lodged a “strong protest” with the Pakistan authorities on a “cosmetic exercise” to carry elections in PoK.
“Such an exercise can neither hide the illegal occupation by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation, and denial of freedom to people in these occupied territories. Pakistan has no locus standi on these Indian territories. We call on Pakistan to vacate all Indian areas under its illegal occupation.”
On the CPEC, MEA spokesperson stated, “We resolutely oppose any attempts by other countries to change the status quo in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan as also to Pakistan bringing up any material change in Indian territories under its illegal occupation. We call upon parties concerned to cease such actions.”
Pakistan has no locus standi on these Indian territories. We name on Pakistan to vacate all Indian areas underneath its unlawful occupation.”
The election exercise, Bagchi said, is nothing but an attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its illegal occupation and the material changes undertaken by it in these territories. On the CPEC, which India has opposed on the grounds that it violates its sovereignty, the MEA spokesperson said, “We resolutely oppose any makes an attempt by different international locations to alter the established order in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan as additionally to Pakistan citing any materials change in Indian territories underneath its unlawful occupation. We name upon events involved to stop such actions.”
Asked to respond to a meeting between Taliban commander Mullah Baradar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson avoided commenting on the meeting as such, but said India “needs to see an unbiased, sovereign, democratic and secure Afghanistan, at peace with itself and neighbours. Unilateral imposition of will by any social gathering won’t be democratic, can not result in stability, and can’t present legitimacy. Gains during the last twenty years ought to be preserved”.